Bulgaria v England: ‘Football family’ must ‘wage war on the racists’ says Uefa chief

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Bulgaria v England: Tyrone Mings heard racist abuse before warming upThe “football family and governments” need to “wage war on the racists”, says Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin after the abuse of England players by home fans in Bulgaria.Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifier between the sides was halted twice due to racist abuse of England players.Ceferin said football associations cannot solve the issues alone.”Only by working together in the name of decency and honour will we make progress,” he said.The behaviour of Bulgaria fans, which included Nazi salutes and monkey chants, has been widely condemned by players and politicians.The president of the Bulgarian Football Association resigned on Tuesday after being told to quit by the country’s prime minister.In a statement, Ceferin said Uefa was committed to doing everything it can “to eliminate this disease from football”.Racist abuse ‘clear as day’ – MingsBulgarian football chief resigns’Unsavoury and sinister – a bleak night handled with dignity by England'”There were times, not long ago, when the football family thought that the scourge of racism was a distant memory,” Ceferin said.”The last couple of years have taught us that such thinking was, at best, complacent.”The rise of nationalism across the continent has fuelled some unacceptable behaviour and some have taken it upon themselves to think that a football crowd is the right place to give voice to their appalling views.”The British government said they would write to Uefa to demand more action.

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