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England victory marred by racist chants

Bulgaria’s Euro 2020 qualifier match against England in Sofia was forced to be halted twice due to the racist abuse hurled at English players.

Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling both scored to help England secure a 6-0 rout while Tyrone Mings enjoyed a stunning debut in defence, despite all three being the subject of jeering, monkey chants and Nazi salutes from Bulgarian fans.

England’s Football Association tweeted after the match that English players had been “subjected to abhorrent racist chanting” and that it would ask the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to “investigate as a matter of urgency.”

“This is unacceptable at any level of the game and our immediate focus is supporting the players and staff involved,” the FA tweeted.

“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 behavior in society, let alone in football.”

England now lead Group A of the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers with 15 points from six matches.

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