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Gareth Southgate comments anger Bulgarian FA ahead of England return game in Sofia

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The Football Union has described Gareth Southgate’s racism concerns as”groundless, improper and unnecessary”.
Speaking in the wake of an alleged episode through England’s 4-0 triumph over Bulgaria at Wembley past weekend, manager Southgate said racist abuse was a”concern” before the return game in Sofia in October.
England’s players are also understood by Sky Sports to get held talks over whether to walk off the pitch in future if any of them are that the subject of comments.
But the BFU has already written Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, to Southgate’s and UEFA manager, to state its unhappiness in his comments.
Southgate’s words came following Raheem Sterling was abuse in Wembley last Saturday’s target.
An away supporter was ejected from the floor after a steward overheard him leaving ahead an alleged comment towards the Manchester City during the match.
“Yes, it’s a concern,” Southgate said concerning the return match. “It’s something which we have already planned.
“We’ve already planned our program looks like and we are going to share it with all the players before we proceed, because we’re aware that there is background there and we want to make sure that we’re all prepared for what could happen and how we want to respond.”
The following month’s qualifier would be England’s very first trip to Bulgaria because September 2011, when there was a 3-0 win overshadowed by racist abuse in Sofia.
Ashley Young was subjected to monkey chants during that match, but the Bulgarian Football Union just obtained a 40,000 euros (#35,500) good by UEFA for”discriminatory” chanting and to get the light and throwing of fireworks.
However, the BFU has responded to Southgate’s remarks.
“The president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihaylov sent a formal letter into the UEFA General Secretary Mr. Theodore Theodoridis and also the chairman of the English FA Mr. Greg Clarke expressing his indignation and disappointment following the public remarks by Mr. Gareth Southgate and the hints that the English players would likely be subject to racial abuse by the Bulgarian fans in the approaching European qualifier in Sofia on October 14th,” a statement read.
“The BFU viewpoints such behavior as groundless, improper and unnecessary prior to the exciting and important football game that Bulgarian fans happen to be searching to in the last calendar year.
“We have not received any official information regarding discriminatory language used by a Bulgarian supporter at Wembley Stadium.
“Even if that had been the case, but we think that generalisations and the creation of needless tension by authorized members of this English group is totally unsuitable and in contradiction with the spirit of mutual respect and fair play, the core values of both UEFA and the BFU.”
The Vasil Levski National Stadium will be partly closed in the 2-1 loss in the Czech Republic in June for England trip because of the racist behaviour of the fans.
At least 5,000 seats will be unused for the trip of Southgate’s men and can display a banner with the wording’#EqualGame’.
The return fixture against the Czechs of bulgaria is also expected to be played within their other June fixture to Kosovo at a floor due to racist behavior in the 3-2 home loss.

Read more: footballleagueworld.com

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