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England to reconsider walk-off in face of racism in Bulgaria

England’s players can discuss if they should walk off the pitch in protest when playing Bulgaria following month, Sky Sports News has learned should they confront racist abuse.
Bulgaria were punished by UEFA following their lovers were found guilty of racist behaviour in their matches against Kosovo along with Czech Republic in June.
As a result, the European Qualifier at Sofia on October 14 of England will probably be performed facing a crowd that is reduced, but preparations are being made by the English and FA police in case similar abuse happens during that game.
The England team had specific discussions with Gareth Southgate and the FA before summer’s World Cup about how they’d respond to abuse in the tournament in Russia, together with all the overwhelming consensus among the players at that point being to stay on the pitch, and also make formal complaints after the game.
However, with episodes of racism from internet and the sport having happened frequently since that time, Southgate is eager to estimate out of his squad if of drifting off the pitch in protest, their feelings have been shifted.
A particular assembly will be held when the squad convenes following month, so the staff and players are 100 per cent clear on how they wish to respond as a group.
A fan in the Bulgaria end at Wembley on Saturday was ejected from the stadium following a steward discovered barbarous abuse being directed by him in Raheem Sterling.
Danny Rose, both Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi were subjected to racist when England played in March, after which Montenegro were ordered to play their home game behind closed doors as a punishment in Podgorica chanting.
Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Kurt Zouma have faced racist abuse either on line or in the racks during the opening weeks of this year.

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