The Bulgarian Football Union has described Gareth Southgate’s racism concerns as”groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary”.
Speaking in the aftermath of an alleged incident through England’s 4-0 triumph over Bulgaria in Wembley last weekend, manager Southgate said racist abuse was a”concern” before the return game in Sofia in October.
Sky Sports also understand england’s players to have held talks on whether to walk off the pitch future if any of them are the subject of comments.
However, the BFU has written to UEFA and Southgate’s boss, Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, to state its unhappiness.
Southgate’s words came after Raheem Sterling was abuse at Wembley last Saturday’s goal.
After a steward overheard him making an alleged racist comment towards the Manchester City forward during the game an off supporter was ejected from the floor.
“Yes, it’s a concern,” Southgate said about the return match. “It’s something that we’ve already planned.
“We have already planned what our program looks like and we’re likely to discuss it with the players before we proceed, because we’re aware that there’s background there and we want to be sure that we’re all ready for what could happen and how we want to respond”
The following month’s qualifier will be England’s very first trip to Bulgaria since September 2011, once there was a 3-0 win overshadowed by racist abuse in Sofia.
Ashley Young was exposed to monkey chants during that game, but the Bulgarian Football Union just received a 40,000 euros (#35,500) good by UEFA for”discriminatory” chanting and to get the lighting and throwing of fireworks.
But the BFU has reacted to Southgate’s remarks.
“The president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihaylov delivered a formal letter into the UEFA General Secretary Mr. Theodore Theodoridis along with the chairman of the English FA Mr. Greg Clarke expressing his indignation and disappointment after the public remarks by Mr. Gareth Southgate and the suggestions that the English players will be subject to racial abuse by the Bulgarian fans in the upcoming European qualifier in Sofia on October 14th,” a statement read.
“The BFU views such behaviour as groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary prior to the important and exciting soccer game which Bulgarian fans happen to be looking to in the past calendar year.
“We have not received any official information concerning discriminatory language utilized by a Bulgarian supporter in Wembley Stadium.
“Even if this were the case, however, we think that generalisations and also the production of needless tension by official members of this English team is completely unsuitable and in contradiction with the spirit of mutual respect and fair play, the core values of the UEFA and the BFU.”
The Vasil Levski National Stadium will be partially closed in the 2-1 loss in the Czech Republic in June for England’s most current visit on account of the racist behaviour of their supporters.
At least 5,000 chairs will be unused for the trip of Southgate’s guys and can display a banner with the wording’#EqualGame’.
The return fixture against the Czechs of bulgaria can also be expected to be played at a partially-closed ground as a result of racist behavior in the 3-2 home loss within their June fixture that is to Kosovo.