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Uefa must increase sanctions to help eradicate racism, says Gareth Southgate

• England manager wants sanctions to get ‘higher and higher’• Southgate praises players for following protocol in BulgariaGareth Southgate has urged Uefa to keep increasing sanctions against countries guilty of racism but admitted he was not sure wheth…

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Bulgaria ordered to play one game behind closed doors over racism

• Bulgaria also fined €75,000 for racism against England• Anti-discrimination network Fare disappointed by sanctionBulgaria have been ordered by Uefa to play their next competitive home game behind closed doors, with a further match suspended for two y…

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Bulgaria ordered to play one game behind closed doors over racism

• Bulgaria also fined €75,000 for racism against England• Anti-discrimination network Fare disappointed by sanctionBulgaria have been ordered by Uefa to play their next competitive home game behind closed doors, with a further match suspended for two y…

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Bulgaria ordered to play one game behind closed doors over racism

• Bulgaria also fined €75,000 for racism against England• Anti-discrimination network Fare disappointed by sanctionBulgaria have been ordered by Uefa to play their next competitive home game behind closed doors, with a further match suspended for two y…

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Jordan Henderson told me I heard racism when I hadn’t, says former Bulgaria coach

• Krasimir Balakov speaks about England match after resigning• Balakov says he and his family were attacked on social mediaBulgaria’s manager on the night of their 6-0 defeat by England has claimed that Jordan Henderson tried to convince him he had hea…

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At least England’s footballers lead by example in the face of racism | David Olusoga

In confronting Bulgarian extremism, the players upheld values that our leaders casually spurnIf you want to feel good about Britain right now, or at least England, where do you look? Not to our parliament, in the latter stages of its descent into somet…

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Bulgaria manager resigns as outgoing president hits out at Southgate

• ‘Only Southgate heard chants,’ says Mihaylov upon quitting• Krasimir Balakov also resigns as Bulgaria managerBorislav Mihaylov has confirmed he has resigned as president of the Bulgarian Football Union in the wake of the racist chanting that marred E…

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Bulgarian police make four arrests after Euro 2020 qualifier against England

Game was marred by racist chanting and Nazi salutesPolice say they will continue to look for people involvedBulgarian police have made four arrests in the aftermath of Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against England, which was twice halted for racist chan…

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Gareth Southgate and England take strength from odious Sofia experience | David Hytner

England’s firm but dignified handling of shameful scenes in Bulgaria was character-building in the extremeJadon Sancho walked towards the tunnel of the Vasil Levski Stadium in the bitter and slightly surreal aftermath of England’s Euro 2020 qualifying …

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Gareth Southgate and England take strength from odious Sofia experience | David Hytner

England’s firm but dignified handling of shameful scenes in Bulgaria was character-building in the extremeJadon Sancho walked towards the tunnel of the Vasil Levski Stadium in the bitter and slightly surreal aftermath of England’s Euro 2020 qualifying …

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Jordan Henderson says England wanted to make racist fans ‘suffer’

• Entire team agreed with decision to play on in Bulgaria • Midfielder also praises Tyrone Mings for debut displayJordan Henderson has admitted England’s players decided to play on in the face of racist abuse from Bulgarian supporters during the Euro …

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Jordan Henderson says England wanted to make racist fans ‘suffer’

• Entire team agreed with decision to play on in Bulgaria • Midfielder also praises Tyrone Mings for debut displayJordan Henderson has admitted England’s players decided to play on in the face of racist abuse from Bulgarian supporters during the Euro …

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How can football give racist fans one chance to stop, then another and another? | Marvin Sordell

It is despicable to have a stadium announcer ask for a crowd to stop dehumanising football players because of their skin colour – and then carry on playingIn the last seven years, four different clubs have won the Premier League, with the team who now …

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Paltry fines and spineless words helped create the scenes in Sofia | Barney Ronay

Uefa is historically culpable for what happened in Bulgaria’s national stadium but there are losers on all sidesThe taxi driver on the morning run to Sofia airport was lugubrious, middle-aged and wearing an England football shirt. What had he made of t…

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Bulgarian football president to resign after racist abuse in England game

• Borislav Mihaylov stands down after Euro 2020 qualifier• Letter of resignation will be presented at Friday meetingBorislav Mihaylov, the president of the Bulgarian Football Union, has resigned after England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday wa…

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England’s Tyrone Mings stands tall with composure off the pitch and on it

Defender’s international debut in Bulgaria came in the worst possible environment and his decision to call out racist chanting may have lasting impact“Did you hear that?” With those four words, Tyrone Mings set in motion a process that could have seen …

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Bulgaria v England: ‘One of the most appalling nights in football’ – video report

England’s trip to Bulgaria was marred by racist abuse hurled at their players during the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia. Play was halted twice as part of a new protocol aimed at stopping racism in football. A section of Bulgaria’s support could be seen g…

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Bulgaria goalkeeper praises home fans and says England players ‘overreacted’

Plamen Iliev says Bulgaria supporters behaved wellEuro 2020 qualifier was twice halted for racist chantingThe Bulgaria goalkeeper Plamen Iliev has said the home fans “behaved well” during the Euro 2020 qualifier against England at the Vasil Levski Stad…

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Uefa under pressure to crack down on Bulgaria in response to racism

Kick It Out calls for teams to be excluded from tournamentsBulgarian prime minister asks country’s football chief to quitUefa is coming under increasing pressure to take strong action against the Bulgarian football union after England’s Euro 2020 quali…

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Southgate, Clarke and Mings react to racist chants at Bulgaria v England – video

England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia came close to being abandoned on Monday night after home fans repeatedly racially abused Tyrone Mings and other black players on what the Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, described as ‘…