England striker Tammy Abraham has confirmed the entire national team will walk away from the pitch the moment one of them becomes a target of racial abuse
The Three Lions are arranged to take trips to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria during the ongoing international break as part of their 2020 European Championship qualifications.
Some of the English players have already been subjected to racial abuse before, and there is a growing concern that something similar might happen in their forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.
England players are believed to be ready to discuss the possibility of walking off the pitch in protest if they are subjected to racial abuse during next month's Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria. Bulgaria were sanctioned by UEFA over the summer after.. https://t.co/iG859N6N9m— ⚽️Footy News (@footynew247) September 12, 2019
England’s visit to Bulgaria requires special attention, as the Bulgarian fans were already sanctioned for a racist behavior during their June qualifiers against Kosovo and the Czech Republic.
Although there is a three-step protocol established by UEFA to resolve this kind of abusement at the football venues, the in-form Chelsea forward insists that England will defy the regulations, regardless of the potential punishment.
“Harry Kane said that if it happens (racist abuse), and we’re not happy with it, we speak to the player and if he’s not happy, we all come off the pitch together,” the 22-year-old said, as reported by the Mirror.
Tammy Abraham claims England are prepared to walk off the pitch if any player is racially abused during the forthcoming European qualifiers in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. https://t.co/ccqbbSCZGQ— The Final Whistle (@finalwhi) October 8, 2019
“It’s a team thing. Don’t isolate one person, we’re a whole team. If it happens to one of us, it happens to all of us.
“Harry Kane did ask the question about instead of going through the three steps, if we decide that we want to stop the game and we want to stop the game – no matter what the score is – if we’re not happy with it, as a team we’ll decide whether or not to stay on the pitch.”
Sitting at the top of Group A, as the only nation to win all of their qualifying matches so far, Gareth Southgate’s side seem to be on their way of securing their third successive appearance in the final continental tournament.