Rashford praises Bulgaria captain for his courageous act

Marcus Rashford was full of praise for Bulgaria’s captain Ivelin Popov for confronting his own supporters at half-time.

There were two breaks in play during the Euro 2020 qualifier with Bulgaria in Sofia after racist chanting was reported to the match officials – with England eventually running out comfortable 6-0 winners.

Following UEFA’s anti-racism protocols, an announcement was made in the 28th minute warning fans that any further incidents could result in the match being abandoned, while another pause before half-time only added to the nasty spectacle.

England decided at half-time to play the remainder of the game as braces from Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling and goals for Rashford and Kane ensured a thumping win for the visitors.

Bulgaria’s captain Popov remonstrated with his own supporters at half-time in an effort to halt their chanting.

“Not an easy situation to play in and not one which should be happening in 2019,” Rashford wrote on Twitter.

“Proud we rose above it to take three points but this needs stamping out. Thankful to the brilliant England support.

“You got behind us in the most meaningful way possible tonight and we are all very grateful. Have a safe journey home and take care.

“Also been told what the Bulgaria captain did at half-time. To stand alone and do the right thing takes courage and acts like that shouldn’t go unnoticed. #NoToRacism.”

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