Police in Bulgaria make arrests after racial abuse of England players

Great news coming from Bulgari after four so-called Bulgarian football fans who are suspected of being part of the racist chants on Monday night have been arrested.

England’s 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifier win over Bulgaria in Sofia was stopped twice in the first half following racist chanting by home supporters.

“Work is still ongoing to identify others,” a statement from Bulgaria’s Ministry of the Interior said.

“It was disgusting,” said England player Jordan Henderson of the abuse his team-mates faced.

“It shouldn’t be happening and something needs to be done about it but I thought the lads were outstanding and if I was angry I’m sure they were angry as well.

“We let the football do the talking. The message in the dressing room at half-time was we wanted to go out in the second half and make them suffer and make their team suffer on the pitch and I think we did that.”

“I obviously wasn’t happy with the situation that we were in, it wasn’t nice to be involved in and it shouldn’t be happening in 2019, it is very disappointing,” he said.

“But, at the same time, I felt as a team we dealt with it so well, we touched on it before we came here just in case it did happen and unfortunately it did.

“We spoke together and the decision was that we carried on because if you leave the pitch and stop the game they win, really.”

In other good news Bulgaria’s football chief Borislav Mikhailov resigned on Tuesday.


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