In the recent turn of events, Harry Kane’s men were subjected to racist chants during England vs Bulgaria, Euro 2020 qualifier match. The match was halted twice due to this and the Bulgarian captain Ivelin Popov even addressed the crowds to refrain from indulging into such an act. After the match, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and a few others even spoke about the unfortunate incident on social media. Juventus’ striker Paulo Dybala also joined the bandwagon and spoke about stopping racism. Marcus Rashford Praises Bulgarian Captain Ivelin Popov For Asking Fans Not to Hurl Racist Comments During Bulgaria vs England, Euro 2020 (Watch Video).
In his tweet, Paulo quoted Martin Luther King’s words which spoke about racism. “The dream is that racism does not win in football stadiums and not outside them as in our lives,” he wrote in the tweet. Dybala also used tweets like #Noracism and #stopracism. Needless to say that the tweet impressed his fans. Check it out below:
I have a dream. Yo tengo un sueño, como decía Martin Luther King y tendríamos que repetirlo nosotros cada día. El sueño es que el racismo no gane en los estadios de fútbol y tampoco afuera de ellos como en nuestras vidas..cada día. #noracism #stopracism pic.twitter.com/AVGhQtjSm6
— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) October 15, 2019
After the incident, Bulgarian Football Chief Borislav Mihaylov was asked to resign from his position. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said that the issue will remain will the same until politicians play a bigger role. "The football family - everyone from administrators to players, coaches and fans - needs to work with governments and NGOs to wage war on the racists and to marginalise their abhorrent views to the fringes of society," the Slovenian said in a statement.
Marcus Rashford was all praises for Bulgarian captain Ivelin Popov who walked up to the crowd during the interval and asked them to behave and praised him on social media. The game ended with England thrashing Bulgaria by 6-0.
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