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England to Drift off racial abuse in Euro 2020 qualifiers

Last updated on October 13, 2019

England striker Tammy Abraham has made it crystal clear that the staff are ready to walk off the area if they’re exposed to racist abuse in Euro 2020 qualifiers from Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

England will face the Czech Republic on Friday and Bulgaria on Monday at a partially-closed scene. European football governing body UEFA had arranged the partial close of Bulgaria’s national arena after stereotypical behavior by their lovers in matches against the Czech Republic and Kosovo in June.

“When it happens to us, it happens to most people,” BBC Sport quoted Abraham as saying.

“Harry Kane said that if we are happy, if a participant isn’t happy, most of us come off the pitch together,” he added.

Last month, England director Gareth Southgate has stated that racism is an issue and requires preparation.

Following UEFA’s three-step protocol for racism, the referee could leave a game if warnings into the audience don’t prevent the fans racially abusing players.

“Harry Kane did ask the question about rather than going through the 3 measures if we determine that we would like to block the match — regardless of what the score is — if we are not satisfied with this, as a staff we will choose whether to keep on the pitch.

“When it happens and let us say there is a warning or anything from the arena, then it happens, we must choose a team and together with all the team,” he added.