Gareth Southgate calls on football authorities to take proper action in racism fight

Gareth Southgate calls on football authorities to take proper action in racism fight
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  Gareth Southgate has called on football’s authorities to take proper action in the wake of the shameful racism in Bulgaria   It comes after a tumultuous day which saw Bulgaria charged by UEFA as they launched a full scale investigation, condemned by FIFA, the president of their FA was forced to resign and the police were called in to investigate   The Football Association will see it as a victory and vindication of the England players’ unanimous decision not to leave the pitch with UEFA and FIFA now promising strong action   But, amid all of the crackdown on the shameful scenes on Monday night, UEFA incredibly charged the FA with not providing enough stewards while they are also set to be punished for England fans jeering the Bulgarian national anthem  But England boss Southgate has now urged UEFA and FIFA to prove they mean business with a real crackdown on racism as he also insisted his players had made the biggest statement in the history of international football  Southgate said: “The sad reality is that we weren’t able to stop incidents happening, and so now something clearly within the investigation has got to take that next step with regard to that, because it’s remarkable to have such a spotlight on a game and for that all to happen  “I think we’ve made a bigger statement than any team ever has done within international football I know – I don’t think the players know – that for some that might not be considered enough  “I really think other people have got to deal with that now. With respect, the amount I’ve had to deal with is remarkable  “And other people are in positions to be able to affect that. I can’t give you what would be the right answer for that  “So, I think clearly it has got to be dealt with differently.”  Bulgaria Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov resigned on Tuesday after the country’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called for him to quit Bulgaria’s police force later raided the FA offices in Sofia.  Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said the “football family and governments” need to “wage war on the racists” while anti-discriminatory body Fare has called for Bulgaria to be expelled from the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign  FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “I call on all football governing bodies to join us and think together of new, stronger and more effective ways to eradicate racism in football  “As a starting point, I suggest that all competition organisers enact Regulations which envisage life bans from stadiums for those who are found guilty of racist behaviour at a football match FIFA can then enforce such bans at a worldwide level.”  The Bulgarian FA now face the prospect of a full stadium closure and potentially having to play a Euro 2020 play-off behind closed doors  They were hit with four separate charges with racist behaviour of chants and Nazi salutes throwing objects, disruption of national anthem and also showing replays on the giant screen which is against regulations   

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