Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has called out Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov after the Three Lions’ black players were racially abused in the 6 nil win over the hosts in Sofia on Monday night.
There were suggestions that the English players could be racially abused before the game, with plans being made to walk off the stadium should such an incident occur. However, Balakov took exception to the suggestion that fans would target the English side.
He added that English football has more challenges with racism than Bulgaria. However, he was proved wrong as the home fans subjected their visitors to sickening racial abuse. The game was interrupted in the 28th minute for the home fans to be warned as the visitors would walk off the pitch if they continued their chants.
Regardless, England decided not to vacate the pitch and continue with the game at half time as they put 6 goals past the hosts, with Sterling grabbing a brace.
After the game, Sterling took to Twitter to raise Balakov’s previous comments before the game; ‘Mmmmh … Not sure about this one chief,’ he wrote.
He also went on to point out the disgraceful scenes in the course of the game. He added: ‘Feeling sorry for Bulgaria to be represented by such idiots in their stadium. Anyway.. 6-0 and we go back home, at least we did our job. Safe travel to our fans, u guys did well’.