SOFIA – 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.
European soccer's ruling body UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Bulgaria over the racist behaviour.
While Balakov said after the game he had not heard any racist abuse from the stands, in an email to reporters late on Tuesday he apologised for the fans' behaviour.
"I strongly condemn and reject racism as a norm of conduct that contradicts modern human relations," Balakov said.