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Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov resigns following racist fans controversy

Gab Marcotti reflects on the fallout from the racist incidents that overshadowed England's win in Bulgaria.
Gareth Southgate discussed the racist abuse by fans during England's 6-0 victory in Bulgaria.
Shaka Hislop praises how players and officials dealt with racist incidents during England's win over Bulgaria.

Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has resigned days after home fans at Vasil Levski Stadium directed racist abuse at England players during a 6-0 defeat to Gareth Southgate's side.

The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) announced the news in a statement on Friday.

Also Friday, five more Bulgarian fans were detained and the interior ministry said police had so far identified 16 people believed to have taken part in the abuse.

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Frank Lampard has said that France's handling of N'Golo Kante's groin injury during the international break was "not a laughing matter."

Kante suffered an injury while warming up ahead of France's Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland last Friday, a game his nation went on to win 1-0, and the midfielder then sat on the bench during France's 1-1 draw with Turkey on Monday. The injury has ruled the 28-year-old out of his club's Premier League match against Newcastle this Saturday.

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Man charged for racially abusing England players

Gab Marcotti reflects on the fallout from the racist incidents that overshadowed England's win in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian prosecutors on Thursday charged an 18-year-old man in connection with the racist abuse hurled at England's black players during their Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.

England thrashed Bulgaria 6-0 on Monday but the match was marred by a section of home supporters taunting the visiting players with Nazi salutes and monkey chants.

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Bulgaria coach apologises to England over racist chants

Gab Marcotti reflects on the fallout from the racist incidents that overshadowed England's win in Bulgaria.
Gareth Southgate discussed the racist abuse by fans during England's 6-0 victory in Bulgaria.
Shaka Hislop praises how players and officials dealt with racist incidents during England's win over Bulgaria.
England score six vs. Bulgaria in a game that was paused due to racist chants. Watch more qualifying on ESPN+.

Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has apologised to the England team after fans taunted their black players with Nazi salutes and monkey chants during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday.

England thrashed Bulgaria 6-0 to hand the hosts their heaviest ever home defeat but the game will be remembered more for the racist incidents that led to action being temporarily stopped in the first half.

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