Euro 2012 qual. - UEFA await Bulgaria racism report

Sat, 03 Sep 16:21:00 2011

UEFA will study the match reports on Monday before deciding whether to launch proceedings against the Bulgarian Football Federation over the racist abuse during Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier with England.

FOOTBALL Ashley Young during England's 3-0 win over Bulgaria in Euro 2012 qualifying, during which he was racially abused - 0

The FA had complained to UEFA after racist abuse appeared to be directed towards Ashley Young by Bulgaria supporters during the Euro 2012 qualifying match in Sofia.

A UEFA spokesman responded by saying: "UEFA are aware of the situation. We will study the reports, including the delegate's report, on Monday."

Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott said they could hear the abuse clearly, although some of his team-mates did not notice.

"As players we could hear it on the pitch," Rooney said. "It has been going on for years and it is not right. It needs to stop and hopefully something can be done about it."

"I was aware. It was very clear," said Walcott immediately after the 3-0 win. "I ignored it. But that is me. I think the FA will deal with that and I don't want to comment. The result was the important thing."

Bulgaria coach Lothar Matthaeus issued an apology after the match.

The former Germany playmaker said: "I didn't hear it but it is pitiful for such things to happen. I would like to apologise on behalf of the federation."

It is not the first time a black player from an English team has been targeted in Bulgaria.

The Croatian FA were fined 15,000 after Emile Heskey was racially abused by home fans during a 2010 World Cup qualifier while the Aston Villa striker was also targeted by racist abuse in Slovakia in 2002.

Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole also suffered monkey chants during a recent friendly with Spain in Madrid.

And in 2005 CSKA Sofia supporters were heard aiming monkey noises at Liverpool's French striker Djibril Cisse during a Champions League match.

Eurosport / Reuters / PA Sport

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