Bulgaria director Krasimir Balakov believes that soccer has a issue with racism than theyre doing.
The build-up to the European Union Qualifier in Sofia of Monday has been dominated by concerns over racist abuse in the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski.
England players suffered abuse on their trip to Bulgaria at 2011 on dealing with problems and Gareth Southgate briefed the group about the UEFA protocol.
The players have been speaking about the problem, that enraged Football Union president Borislav Mikhaylov into the stage that he said if they continue to discuss the possibility of racist abuse at the Bulgarian capital English players must face sanctions out of UEFA.
Mikhaylov talked ofunfair remarks being produced by England and after initially insisting he was unwilling to talk about the subject, Balakov continued to offer his take on the issue – or otherwise – of racism in Bulgarian football.
What I can say is I dont think we have a problem, he said.
In the Bulgarian championship, weve got a great deal of players of different ethnicities and skin colour. I really dont feel that we have this problem like, by way of instance, England really do.
I want to concentrate on soccer because in the close of the day we are all civilised Europeans and we are working for this game and thats all the things.
Asked to explain his comment about England, Balakov added:What I meant was in the championship we have not had such problems.
While there have been incidents in a variety of levels of English soccer between racism, which I believe something ordinary as it is a big country with a very diverse population.
But we dont have this difficulty in Bulgaria, I will guarantee you of that.
Southgate declared the alleged abuse in September at the National League game between Hartlepool and Dover and recently has said that England need to get their own house so.
Pushed on if England gamers have anything to be worried about, Balakov explained:Once more, it is not an issue that has happened lately in the national group games, significance racist chants or anything.
Id once more advise people to think and talk about soccer as this is the reason why were really here. We should not discuss something that hasnt even happened yet.
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