Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
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Bulgarian FA boss slams England again over voicing racism concerns

Bulgarian FA boss slams England again over voicing racism concerns

"So, as a young player, you've got ability, you've got the work you do but, in the end, you need the opportunity".

"That will then be relayed, however it may be relayed in Bulgaria, and the way that that's pitched could appear provocative or appear that we're the people who are laying the subject on the table".

"I believe we're creating and we're form of getting that successful mentality". We're all hoping that over the next 72 hours we're just talking about two football matches.

Sterling said: "As a player, with the situation that happened in Montenegro, I don't think as a team we were quite prepared and knowing there was a protocol in place".

'The last global break I didn't get a call-up from anyone.

"The Bulgarian public has in no way committed any recent infringements that deserve it to be stereotyped as "racist" or "hostile" - and I am sure you will agree that these accusations are not only unjust but are continuous attempts to disrupt the atmosphere before a very much anticipated game of football".

Uefa protocol decrees that in the event of racist chanting the referee will ask for an announcement to be broadcast in the stadium, and if it does not stop he or she will take the players off, initially temporarily but permanently if necessary. Clearly, at the moment Raheem and Harry, their numbers are incredible and the consistency of their performance is, but the rest can be down to performance at any given time.

'Harry is one the best strikers in the world and there are parts of his game I can add to mine'.

"He's a quality player, an intelligent footballer, presses well, has a real eye for goal, good quality".

'When I look at him I still get star-struck because of the player he was.

He continued: "I, as president of the Bulgarian Football Union, can not allow for such derogatory claims to continue being spread in the mass media and I strongly suggest that the UEFA administration take measures against the build-up of unnecessary tension in the weeks devoted to equality and to the celebration of football".

England top the group with 12 points and will qualify for next year's finals if they beat the second-placed Czechs.

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