England highlights racism after Bulgaria abuse

AFP, Monday 5 Sep 2011

England players have promoted an anti-racism campaign as UEFA considers The Football Association’s complaint over the abuse they faced in Bulgaria on Friday

England vs Bulgaria
Wayne Rooney of England celebrates with teammates Theo Walcott and Ashley Young a goal against Bulgaria during their Euro 2012 Group G qualifying soccer match in Sofia (Photo: Reuters)

Racist chants were directed at black England players including Ashley Young by some home fans in Sofia during the 3-0 victory in 2012 European Championship qualifying.

UEFA will study the report from its match delegate on Monday before deciding whether to take any action against the Bulgarian Football Federation.

As the report was being considered, England players used a training session ahead of Tuesday’s qualifier against Wales to highlight English football’s own anti-racism campaign.

They wore sweatbands with the message: “Kick Racism Out of Football.”

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