The charges handed down by UEFA, on the back of England’s controversy-filled victory over Bulgaria, have this evening been confirmed.
England run riot
Gareth Southgate’s men visited the Stadion Vasil Levski last night, for their latest Euro 2020 qualifier.
England headed into proceedings in search of an immediate bounce-back result, on the back of their first defeat in a qualifying fixture in 10 years last week.
The Three Lions were put to the sword by 2 goals to 1 by the Czech Republic, a result which saw the victors join England atop the Group A table (albeit with the Czechs having played a game more).
When all was said and done in Sofia almost 24 hours ago, though, the visitors bounced back, and in style.
A blitzing opening 45 minutes saw England put the result beyond any shadow of doubt before the half-time whistle had even blown.
Ross Barkley proved the star of the early exchanges, notching 2 goals and an assist, with Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling having also been on target.
Sterling then added his 2nd 20 minutes from time, before Harry Kane capped a comprehensive win for the Three Lions in the 85th-minute.
UEFA dish out punishments
However, while the Three Lions’ impressive display and 3-point haul should obviously have been the main talking point surrounding events in Sofia, this proved far from the case.
Unfortunately, the headlines were stolen by a small section of the Bulgarian crowd.
The individuals in question first targeted a number of England’s stars, in particular Tyrone Mings, with racist chants and monkey noises, amid truly testing circumstances for the visitors:
The abuse of Tyrone Mings from supporters in the home section is disgraceful and clearly audible. Has to be time for step two of the Uefa protocol. #kickitout
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) October 14, 2019
— BeanymanSports (@BeanymanSports) October 14, 2019
The backlash across the globe in response to last night’s events has since understandably been swift, with fans, players and complete neutrals alike having been intently awaiting UEFA’s verdict.
And, as has since been confirmed across social media this evening, European football’s governing body have come to a decision regarding charges.
Hosts Bulgaria have been hit with 4 such sanctions. This inevitably includes a charge for racist behaviour.
England, though, have not come away from the clash without facing disciplinary action of their own.
The FA have also been hit with a pair of sanctions, for ‘disruption of national anthem’, and ‘insufficient travelling stewards’.
BREAKING: Four charges from UEFA to Bulgarian FA, including racist behaviour.
Two charges to English FA over ‘Disruption of national anthem’ & ‘Insufficient number of travelling stewards’. #SSN
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) October 15, 2019
The extent of the punishments set to be handed down is yet to be confirmed.