Gareth Southgate told to “f*** off” as Bulgarians refute racism claims

Gareth Southgate told to “f*** off” as Bulgarians refute racism claims
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 Gareth Southgate was reportedly told to “f*** off” by an irate cameraman after he discussed the racist abuse that overshadowed England’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria on Monday   The football was, unfortunately, largely forgotten after a match which saw some of the home crowd aim monkey chants and Nazi salutes at England’s black players  Despite the abuse being clearly audible and gestures being caught on camera, both the Bulgarian manager and some members of the press seemed to deny that any serious racism took place   Journalist Andrew Dickson tweeted after Southgate’s press conference and said: “Some Bulgarians seem, unfortunately, to be in denial One home reporter interrupted Southgate’s press conference to say the racism wasn’t as bad as is being claimed A Bulgarian cameraman also told Southgate to f*** off at the end. Drag yourselves into the 21st century guys ”   Another journalist, Miguel Delaney , added: “Same journalist then interrupts Southgate ‘This is a complete exaggeration. What difficult circumstances. The game was so friendly ‘”   The likes of Southgate and FA chairman Greg Clarke have urged UEFA to throw the book at Bulgaria after such an unsavoury night, but the Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov claimed he hadn’t heard any abuse  “I personally did not hear the chanting you are most probably referring to,” Balakov said “I saw that the referee stopped the game.  “To be honest this has not happened to us before The disciplinary measures by UEFA were not because of racist chanting but because of a banner from an organisation which is not forbidden by Bulgarian law  “If this turns out to be true, we are truly sorry. The Bulgaria national team and the Bulgaria football union are working very hard and no one wants to see this  “But let me tell you this really has never happened before in our games up until now ”

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