England striker Marcus Rashford has praised Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov for confronting their own fans in Monday’s UEFA Euro Qualifier match.
Monkey chants and Nazi salutes were witnessed in the game from a part of the Bulgaria fans in what became a disgusting show from the home fans with Popov forced to confront his own fans at the break in a bid to control the situation.
In a tweet, Rashford who thanked their fans for braving the conditions noted: “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.”
The game had to be halted on two occasions. The first came in the 28th minute with another delay coming just before half time with the referee engaging in conversation with England manager Gareth Southgate.
England, however, responded on the pitch with a brace each from Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling coupled with goals from Rashford and Harry Kane doing the damage.
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— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) October 14, 2019