Tammy Abraham admits England ready to walk off over racial abuse

8 October 2019

Tammy Abraham claims England players are prepared to defy UEFA’s racism protocols if they feel they are inadequate and take it upon themselves to walk off the pitch if someone is targeted.

The Three Lions travel to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria for back-to-back Euro 2020 qualifiers this weekend.

The second game, in Sofia, will be particularly scrutinised as the hosts will be playing with the Vasil Levski National Stadium partially closed as a sanction following racism in the home games against both Kosovo and the Czech Republic.

England’s players received similar abuse in their qualifier against Montenegro in Podgorica, where they stayed on the pitch and ran out 5-1 winners.

Gareth Southgate insists England will follow UEFA’s protocol on racism (Joe Giddens/PA)

Manager Gareth Southgate has said that, going forward, England will follow UEFA’s three-step protocol for racial abuse.

The first step is for the referee to made aware of any racism and halt the game for an announcement to be made, secondly – if the abuse continues – the referee will suspend the game for a period of time.

The third and final step will see the official abandon the game – but Abraham has suggested, if England’s players believe someone is not comfortable, captain Harry Kane will lead them off the field of play before the three steps are played out if they are not working.

“Yes, we’ve had meetings, several meetings about it since we’ve arrived yesterday,” he said.

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