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England: Gareth Southgate says team will plan how to respond to racism

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Gareth Southgate says England players will meet to “prepare” how to react to racism before their Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria on 14 October.

Bulgaria’s Stadion Vasil Levski will be partially closed for the visits of England and Czech Republic because of the racist behaviour of fans in June.

England players were also subjected to racist abuse in Bulgaria in 2011.

The Football Association has said a fan in the away end at Wembley was ejected and arrested for “discriminatory abuse” during England’s 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Saturday.

The man was was arrested on suspicion of an aggravated public order offence, but later released without charge.

Uefa ordered the closure of Bulgaria’s national stadium following racist behaviour by their fans in Euro 2020 qualifying games against Czech Republic and Kosovo in June.

Last month, Bulgarian club sides PFC Levski Sofia and PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv were punished by Uefa for racism during Europa League games.

England have already encountered racist abuse during their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, with Montenegro ordered to play their next home match behind closed doors following the racist abuse of England players by supporters in March.

BBC.

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