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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 ‘…

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Gareth Southgate praises England players for making ‘major statement’

• Manager ‘incredibly proud’ after players endure monkey chants• FA chairman: ‘One of the most appalling nights I’ve seen’Gareth Southgate felt his England players made a “major statement” in getting their Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia …

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Sofia’s vile, disturbing and toxic spectacle will live long in sporting infamy | Barney Ronay

It was vile, disturbing and toxic, with the promise of greater violence meaning the basic idea of sport just fell apartSix minutes of added time for racism will live long in sporting infamyWelcome to the new world. This was a miserable occasion on a mi…

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Sofia’s vile, disturbing and toxic spectacle will live long in sporting infamy | Barney Ronay

It was vile, disturbing and toxic, with the promise of greater violence meaning the basic idea of sport just fell apartSix minutes of added time for racism will live long in sporting infamyWelcome to the new world. This was a miserable occasion on a mi…

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England Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia halted twice over racist abuse

England manager Gareth Southgate alerts Uefa officials to chanting by Bulgaria’s home fansEngland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia came close to being abandoned after home fans repeatedly racially abused Tyrone Mings and other black play…

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England Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia halted twice over racist abuse

England manager Gareth Southgate alerts Uefa officials to chanting by Bulgaria’s home fansEngland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia came close to being abandoned after home fans repeatedly racially abused Tyrone Mings and other black play…

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England trounce Bulgaria 6-0 but forced into stoppages by racist chanting

Given the history and given the build-up, in which claim and counter-claim had flown, raising the temperature around this Euro 2020 qualifier, it was easy to fear the worst. But when it did happen, when the monkey chants towards Tyrone Mings did start …

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Bulgaria v England: Euro 2020 qualifier – live!

Euro 2020 qualifying updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-offLive scoreboard! Follow all of the latest goals and gamesAnd feel free to email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 7.53pm BST That was a spectacular goal from Rashford. He ran down the wing before losing …

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British national dies in Sofia before Bulgaria v England qualifier

• Bulgaria’s ministry of interior has confirmed the death• Cause of 32-year-old’s death has yet to be identifiedBulgaria’s ministry of interior has confirmed the death of a British national in Sofia before England’s Euro 2020 qualifier.A spokeswoman sa…