Racist incidents during a European Championship qualifying match of the English national football team in Bulgaria have caused horror. Greg Clarke, chairman of FA, called the event "one of the most terrible nights I have ever seen in football". The FA called for investigations by the European Football Association Uefa.
The game on Monday evening had been interrupted in the first half twice because of racist comments by Bulgarian fans, several times was shown by Bulgarian spectators in the stands of the Hitler salute. Above all, the English player Tyrone Mings had repeatedly complained to his Croatian referee Ivan Bebek in his international debut that his teammate Rahim Steerling was discredited with monkey lutes from the stands at every touch. The insults were "pretty clear on the pitch, but we showed a great response and a great deal together, and in the end we let the football speak," Mings said. England won 6-0.
"A shame for football"
English coach Gareth Southgate said, "We know that this is unacceptable
Situation is, but I think we have managed to make two statements
meet: By winning the game, but also by getting everyone
have drawn attention to the situation when playing the game twice
was stopped. "
"The unfortunate incidents in the game were treated as well as possible and we're proud of how we handled them," tweeted 26-year-old Mings. "We all made the decision and we are happy that we returned to the field," he said.
The British Guardian commenting on the incident: "In the end, that did not feel like a sporting event, it felt like an open wound, an attack on the basic idea of nations coming together." The sad thing is that nobody will remember football, wrote Daily Mirror, "No-one will remember the clear victory, Ross Barkley's appearance as the game's best man, Marcus Rashford's fantastic strike or Raheem Sterling's ingenious double hit, and everyone will remember a night that was a disgrace to football."