England’s Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria in Sofia was halted twice in the first half, with fans warned about racist behaviour.
Despite winning the game 6-0, England fans are disappointed in their poor showing when it came to racist abuse.
Bulgarian fans haltered the game twice after shouting racist abuse at players, and England fans are saddened in their inability to match them.
“We’ve got some great racists on our side,” said England fan Darren ‘Dazza’ Harrison, “And we were giving 100%, but unfortunately the other side was operating at 110% and we just couldn’t compare. They were quicker than us and operating on a whole different level. That said, we have to look ahead to the next game and learn from our mistakes, in order to bring our racist A game next time.”
A group of Bulgaria supporters wearing black hooded tops – some wearing bandanas covering their faces – started to leave the stadium after the game was halted for a second time. BBC Radio 5 Live reported that some made right-wing and racist gestures while heading towards the exits.
When questioned after the match, many fans vowed to train for England’s next match.
“I think we underestimated the opposing teams,” admitted Barry ‘The Butcher’ Hatchet, “We’re definitely going to regroup as a team and work on strategies for the next game. Chants, hand signals, teamwork, the whole racist playbook. The lads showed great spirit, but obviously the other side just wanted it more.”
Other fans realised that, after the first half, they had no hope of matching Bulgaria.
“Yeah, after that first half an hour I knew there was no point,” said Craig ‘Blitz-Craig’ Chamberlain. ” I mean, some of their fans stopped the game and then left. There’s just no competing with that, at that point they’ve already won you know?”