England debutant Tyrone Mings on win in Bulgaria


As in...they were warned and now what are they going to do about it?

Kralev said: "A little while ago, the Prime Minister called me urgently".

Both teams have been cited for disrupting their respective national anthems, while Bulgaria have also been charged with racist behaviour, Nazi salutes and for throwing objects.

"We were very clear that if there was anything at the beginning of the second half we would have walked straight off and frankly I don't think we would have gone back", he said.

Not making light of the issue but the ultimate Arsene Wenger-like 'I didn't actually see/hear the incident (s) myself...'

He tweeted his condemnation of the behaviour of some of the fans, saying it was "unacceptable" that Bulgaria, which he described as "one of the most tolerant countries in the world", should be associated with racism.

During half-time, Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov angrily remonstrated with home fans behind the dugout, asking them to stop the chants.

The Bulgarian coach did though admit that if his hearing had been faulty...

The decision "resulted from the tension created over the past days, which is detrimental to Bulgarian football and the Bulgarian football union", the statement said.

"We've had this problem ever since England were about to come to Bulgaria and all I've heard for three weeks is people talking about anything else but football".

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"I saw that the referee stopped the game".

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has said: "Uefa, who I've spoken to throughout the game, at half-time and at the end of the game, will be carrying out a thorough investigation to make sure this appalling scene of bad racism is treated appropriately".

'More broadly, the football family - everyone from administrators to players, coaches and fans - needs to work with governments and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) to wage war on the racists and to marginalise their abhorrent views to the fringes of society.

Some supporters were seen holding up shirts with the European soccer's governing body UEFA logo and the slogan, "No Respect", appearing to mock its campaign to curb racism in the sport.

It is also understood Balakov is battling to avoid the sack as well.

"Football associations themselves can not solve this problem", Ceferin said.

"These are real genuine dilemmas which are hard to resolve - should UEFA have intervened and told the Bulgarians where to host this match?". Top support from the travelling fans, we will always stick together as one'.

The difference now is that through years and years of education thanks to the likes of Tyneside based Show Racism the Red Card: fans, clubs and the authorities are now well aware of what is right and wrong and what can't be tolerated. "If our captain spoke to the fans it is probably because they were unhappy about the way in which the team were performing", he added.

If somebody was acting like that at a Premier League match they would be identified and dealt with. During the second break, dozens of Bulgaria fans involved in the chanting, many of them wearing dark hoodies, left the stadium.