Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov believes that football has a issue than they do.
The build-up on the European Union Qualifier at Sofia of Monday has been dominated by concerns over possible racist abuse at the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski.
England players endured racist abuse in their visit to Bulgaria in 2011 on dealing with issues and Gareth Southgate briefed the group concerning the UEFA protocol.
The players have also been talking about the problem, that enraged Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mikhaylov to the point he explained whenever they continue to discuss the possibility of abuse from the capital players must face sanctions out of UEFA.
Mikhaylov talked ofunfair comments being made by England and after originally insisting he was reluctant to go over the matter, Balakov proceeded to offer his take on the issue — or otherwise — of racism in softball soccer.
What I can say is I do not believe we have a issue, he said.
From the championship, we have a whole lot of players of various ethnicities and skin colour. I really dont think we have this big problem such as England do.
I want to focus on football because in the close of the day were all civilised Europeans and were working for this particular sport and thats all the matters.
Asked to describe his opinion on England, Balakov included:What I meant was in the championship we have not had such problems.
While there were events in various levels of English football between racism, which I believe something normal since it is a huge country with an extremely diverse population.
But we do not have this difficulty in Bulgaria, I can guarantee you of that.
Southgate declared the alleged racist abuse at the National League match between Hartlepool and Dover in September and lately has said that England need to get their own house so.
Pushed on whether England players have anything to be worried about, Balakov stated:Once again, its not an issue that has occurred recently in the national group matches, meaning racist chants or anything.
Id once again advise individuals to think and speak about football since this is the reason why were really here. We shouldnt discuss something which has not even happened yet.
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