Bulgaria vs. England Match - Racism

Letters to the Editor | September 3, 2011, Saturday // 14:57

I am dissapointed to read that the English Football Association is to lodge a complaint against the Bulgarian fans' racist chants. You may ask yourself why?

Quite simply, the "monkey chants" by a minority of Bulgarians was ugly and has no place in football, whatsoever!

But as an Englishman living in Sofia who sat in the "English lion's den" at many times during the match I was mortified and disgusted at the clearly racist and fascist chants and comments which were hurled in full volume at the Bulgarian fans.

These included gypos (gypsies), paki bastards (reference to Pakistani nationals) - absolutely no connection with Bulgarian culture or heritage. Also, very ugly comments about Bulgaria such as it being a "Third World country", where "everybody shits in a bucket", and Sofia is "a shithole full of gypsies."

I'm confident you will agree these comments are clearly racist and fascist.

I do not understand why the Bulgaria media or FA have not thought it a good idea to make a complaint against the English fans. Is this because perhaps very few people actually understand the comments and language used?

I was sat in the England section with my Bulgarian partner, and it was at frequent times a scary place to be listening to this racism. Yes, I am English and proud, but I could never be proud about such ill educated disillusioned primarily racist minority of fans.

I will write to the English Telegraph and put the record straight as I am very protective of Bulgaria's reputation and the truth should always be open and forthcoming.

I urge the Bulgarian Football Association to make an official complaint against the English fans, and do something positive to redress the balance and show the true full picture of a minority of drunk, fowl mouthed racist and fascist fans.

Thank you for reading.

Marc Ewen

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