A Euro 2020 qualifier match between England and Bulgaria was paused twice on Monday, October 14, 2019 after alleged racist insults were directed to English footballers.
The match which was played in Sofia was temporarily halted in the 28th and 43rd minute of the first ha;f of the match when the Three Lions were leading 2-0.
In the first instance a stadium announcement against racist chants was made with the referee threatening to completely stop the match if the unwelcome behaviour would continue.
English FA raised concern about the matter and indicated it hoped Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) would investigate the matter with the urgency it deserved and subsequently take action.
“As we are sadly aware, this is not the first time our players have been subjected to this level of abuse and there is no place for this kind of behaviour in society, let alone in football,” the FA stated in a tweet seen by Saasanews.co.ke.
According to the CNN, Bulgaria was sanctioned earlier in 2019 for racist chanting during a qualifier matches against Kosovo and the Czech Republic in June.
The Three Lions went ahead to obliterate Bulgaria 6-0 when the game continued in the second half.
Former Arsenal forward Ian Wright condemned the happening and accused UEFA of doing little to avert such incidences.
“The fact is there are a set of people there who have got no respect, they have no respect. “UEFA are not doing nearly enough. “I am so proud of what we are doing at the moment.”