England's black players were subjected to racist abuse in their match against Bulgaria
UEFA are looking into the match day reports from England's 3 - 0 victory over Bulgaria amidst allegations of racism from Bulgaria's fans. The FA reported the abuse during the game on Friday, highlighting a section of the home supporters who were allegedly directing monkey chants towards England's black players. They have supplied UEFA with television footage and have offered evidence from the Met Police observers who were at the match.
Wayne Rooney said:
"As players we could hear it on the pitch. It has been going on for years and it is not right. It needs to stop and hopefully something can be done about it."
The Bulgarian coach Lothar Matthaeus has already issued an apology:
"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 has also emerged that England fans were allegedly making racist comments towards the Bulgarian opposition - shouting taunts about their Romany background. No official complaint has been made by the Bulgarian FA.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said:
"I am saddened by the level of racism that was displayed during this game and praise the FA for actly swiftly in response to it. I call on UEFA to take decisive action to try and prevent further incidents like this from occuring - it is totally unacceptable to see this within football."
"We believe that football reflects the attitudes of wider society, so it is concerning to witness these racist chants during Friday's game. As an organisation, we work to educate young people against racism. Racism of all forms - based on skin colour, nationality, religion and culture - is totally abhorrent. It is incidents such as this that sadly demonstrate how far we still have to go in combating racism. However, I am sure that whilst there was evidence of racism amongs some of the fans, the vast majority of football supporters will totally reject these racist ideas."