Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has apologised to England after fans taunted their black players with Nazi salutes and monkey chants during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday.
The racist abuse forced the game to be stopped temporarily in the first half as England went ahead to beat Bulgaria 6-0. That was their heaviest home defeat.
“I strongly condemn and reject racism as a norm of conduct that contradicts modern human relations,” Balakov said.
“This is a prejudice that comes from the past that must be eradicated forever.
“I want to say something very clear: given that there have been insults on such a basis, I, as a coach of the national team, apologise to the English footballers and all those who feel hurt.”
European soccer’s ruling body UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Bulgaria over the racist behaviour.