The Bulgarian Football Union has described Gareth Southgate’s racism concerns as”groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary”.
Speaking in the aftermath of an alleged episode during England’s 4-0 triumph over Bulgaria in Wembley last weekend, director Southgate said civic abuse was a”concern” ahead of the return game at Sofia in October.
England’s players are known by Sky Sports to have held talks on whether to walk off the pitch future if any of them are the subject of comments.
However, the BFU has composed to Southgate’s and UEFA manager, Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, to express its unhappiness at his comments.
The words of southgate came later Raheem Sterling was alleged abuse at Wembley past Saturday’s goal.
Following a rejoicing overheard him making an alleged racist remark towards the Manchester City forward during the game an away supporter was ejected from the floor.
“Yes, it’s a concern,” Southgate said concerning the return match. “It’s something that we’ve already planned.
“We have already planned our schedule looks like and we’re going to share it with the players until we go, because we’re aware that there is history there and we wish to make certain we’re all prepared for what might happen and exactly how we want to respond”
If a 3-0 win was overshadowed by racist abuse in Sofia next month’s qualifier would be England’s very first trip to Bulgaria because September 2011.
Ashley Young was exposed to monkey chants throughout that game, however the Bulgarian Football Union just obtained a 40,000 euros (#35,500) fine by UEFA for”discriminatory” chanting and for the light and throwing of fireworks.
But the BFU has reacted angrily to Southgate’s comments.
“The president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihaylov sent an official letter to the UEFA General Secretary Mr. Theodore Theodoridis along with also the chairman of the English FA Mr. Greg Clarke expressing his indignation and disappointment after the public comments from Mr. Gareth Southgate and the suggestions that the English players will be subject to racial abuse by the Bulgarian supporters in the approaching European qualifier in Sofia on October 14th,” a statement read.
“The BFU viewpoints such behaviour as groundless, improper and unnecessary prior to the important and exciting football game which Bulgarian lovers have been searching to in the last year.
“We’ve not got any official information about discriminatory language utilized by a Bulgarian supporter in Wembley Stadium.
“Even if that had been the case, however, we feel that generalisations and also the development of obviously pressure by documented 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 partially closed in the 2-1 loss from the Czech Republic in June for England’s most current visit on account of the racist behaviour of the fans.
At least 5,000 seats will be fresh for the visit of the men of Southgate and will display a banner with the wording’#EqualGame’.
The return fixture against the Czechs of bulgaria is also due to be performed at a floor because of racist behavior in the 3-2 home loss in their June fixture that is to Kosovo.
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