Bulgaria director Krasimir Balakov considers that soccer has a problem with racism than theyre doing.
The build-up on Monday Qualifier in Sofia was dominated by concerns over abuse that was possible at the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski.
England players endured abuse in their trip to Bulgaria at 2011 and Gareth Southgate briefed the group about the UEFA protocol on dealing with these kinds of issues.
The players also have been talking about the issue, which enraged Football Union president Borislav Mikhaylov to the stage that he stated players should face sanctions from UEFA should they continue to discuss the possibility of racist abuse in the Bulgarian capital.
Mikhaylov spoke ofunjust remarks being produced by England and afterwards initially insisting he had been reluctant to discuss the matter, Balakov continued to provide his take on the problem — or otherwise — of racism in Bulgarian football.
What I can say is I do not think weve got a problem, he said.
From the Bulgarian championship, weve got a lot of players of different ethnicities and skin color. I dont feel that we have this problem such as England really do.
I would like to concentrate on soccer because in the close of the day we are all civilised Europeans and were working for this game and that is all the matters.
Asked to clarify his comment on England, Balakov included:What I meant was in the Bulgarian championship we have not had such issues.
While there were events in a variety of levels of English football involving racism, which I believe something ordinary since its a large country with an extremely diverse population.
But we do not have this difficulty in Bulgaria, I can guarantee you .
Southgate has repeatedly said that England need to receive their house and lately declared the racist abuse in September in the National League match between Hartlepool and Dover.
Pushed on if England players have anything to worry about, Balakov said:Once more, it is no problem that has occurred lately in the national team matches, meaning racist chants or anything.
I would once more advise individuals to think and talk about football since this is the reason why were actually here. We should not discuss something which has not even happened yet.
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