Bulgaria v England: Euro 2020 qualifier temporarily halted due to racist behaviour from fans

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Englands Euro 2020 qualifier with Bulgaria in Sofia was stopped two of fans cautioned about behaviour in the first half.
The very first collapse came in the 28th minute with England top 2-0.
Prior to saying the match would be left if it continued, A stadium announcement then condemned the abuse.
Before restarting following discussions between the Warriors and England director Gareth Southgate the game was stopped again at the 43rd minute.
The Levski Stadium was subject to a partial closed for this game after Bulgaria were sanctioned during qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Kosovo.
The build-up to the game had been dominated by concerns of episode of racism, with England striker Tammy Abraham saying when they were targeted at abuse the players will be ready to walk off the pitch.
Southgate held a meeting over the weekend to emphasise that the Uefa three-step protocol in handling racist incidents with his players – but that the topic has provoked an angry reaction from the Bulgarian football authorities.
Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov had accused of owning a racism difficulty that was larger than his nation, England.
Uefa has a protocol for dealing with incidents in matches set up.
Into the arena announcer, the swimmer is going to speak for the first step and demand the stopping of stereotypical behaviour.
The referee could take the players into the dressing rooms for a period of time from the area if it persists and the arena announcer will make another speech.
The game is going to be abandoned, if it continues.
BBC Radio 5 Live soccer reporter Ian Dennis:It looked like the next step was going to be taken and players were removed. The next step will be temporarily and permanently.
I think I heard some monkey chants coming in the segment to the best when Raheem Sterling was fouled.
Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov has come around to the left of the tunnel to speak to some Bulgaria supporters.
BBC Sports chief football writer Phil McNulty:England defender Tyrone Mings appeared to glance over his shoulder and look towards the audience after making a pass within moments the game has been stopped.
The Bulgaria buffs have not obtained the threat of jealousy well however, the warning was apparent. This was what the big fear was in the build-up and sadly its come to pass.
England are in control of this game but sadly off-the-field occasions will overshadow the game now.

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