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Bulgaria’s Krasimir Balakov says English game has more of an issue with racism

• Manager points to problems at ‘various levels’ in English game
• Responds to England fears of ‘racist chanting’ at Euro qualifier

Krasimir Balakov has insisted English football has more of a problem with racism than Bulgaria despite the Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday night being held in a partially closed stadium. Uefa imposed sanctions after incidents during Bulgaria’s matches against Kosovo and the Czech Republic in June.

Balakov, Bulgaria’s manager, also accused England of increasing tension in the build-up to the match after the Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham claimed that Gareth Southgate’s side would walk off the pitch if they are on the receiving end of racist chanting.

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