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England coach Southgate on racist abuse of his England players during Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria

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38   //    15 Oct 2019, 12:45 IST

England manager Gareth Southgate credited his players after they came through an "unacceptable situation" in Bulgaria having "raised the awareness of everyone" to racism.

The Three Lions emerged with a 6-0 win on Monday but the main talking point of the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia came off the pitch as home fans subjected England's players to racist abuse and the match was briefly stopped in the 28th and 43rd minutes.

England decided not to leave the pitch in protest and Southgate felt the stance was not only the right one but an effective one.

The FA called on UEFA to take action as "a matter of urgency" as soon as the game ended.

It is understood UEFA will await the reports of the referee and other observers inside the stadium before making any decisions on any sanctions that should follow from the night.

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