It’s a year to the day since the England team were victims of horrendous racist abuse in Bulgaria during a European Championship qualifying match in October 2019.
During a comfortable 6-0 victory the team were subjected to monkey chants and Nazi salutes from home supporters. Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings, making his debut on the night, was the first of the players to report abuse to the match officials. Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was also targeted early on in the match. As per the Uefa protocols on racist abuse from supporters, the match was paused – first in the 28th minute with a first stage stadium announcement warning fans the game could be abandoned. Then a second stoppage followed in the 43rd minute after discussions between England manager Gareth Southgate and the referee. The players could have gone into the dressing room at that point, as the second stage of action, but Mings later told the media they had decided to carry on until half-time. When the incident happened this what the England manager Gareth Southgate said
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