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

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Uefa is coming under increasing pressure to take strong action against the Bulgarian football union after England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday was twice halted because of persistent racial abuse from home supporters.

European football’s governing body is awaiting reports from the referee, Ivan Bebek, and its match delegate but is expected to charge the BFU on Tuesday. A section of the Vasil Levski Stadium was closed on Monday after Uefa imposed sanctions over racist incidents during Bulgaria’s qualifiers against Kosovo and the Czech Republic in June, and the punishment is also due to cover next month’s home game against the Czechs.

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