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Uefa sanction Bulgaria after racist abuse


By Jamie Gardner

Bulgaria have been ordered to play their next competitive home game behind closed doors with a further match suspended for two years following the racist behaviour of their fans during the Euro 2020 qualifier against England on October 14.

A section of supporters at the match in Sofia's Levski Stadium directed racial abuse at England's black players, while some were also seen making Nazi salutes.

The Bulgarian Football Union was also fined €75,000 (£64,641) for "the racist behaviour of its supporters and the throwing of objects".

The sanction means Bulgaria's qualifier against the Czech Republic on November 17 will be played behind closed doors.

The match against England was stopped in the 28th minute, and the first step of Uefa's anti-racism protocol - a public address announcement calling on the abuse to stop - was enacted.

The abuse continued and Croatian referee Ivan Bebek halted the match again, though monkey chanting and booing directed at England's players and staff could still be heard during the second half, but the match was completed with England winning 6-0.

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