England’s 3-0 dispatch of Bulgaria last night in Sofia was marred by racist chants from a portion of the home support, incidents that prompted following apology from
one of the least beloved players in Metro Stars history Bulgaria manager Lothar Matthäus following the Euro 2012 qualifier (quotes taken from the Guardian’s Dominic Fifield)
Matthäus, the former Germany captain, had apparently not been aware of the chants during the second half but, having been informed of the abuse, did express his regret. “I cannot say too much about this as I wasn’t really aware of it but, in my capacity as the manager, it’s pitiful for things like this to happen,” he said. “So, as a result of that, I’d like to apologise on behalf of the Bulgarian Football Federation.”
England’s players were conscious of the chants, with Theo Walcott acknowledging as much in the aftermath. “I was aware of it,” said the winger. ” I think the FA will deal with it but it was very clear. I ignored it. But that’s me. The result tonight was the most important thing.”
There were chants from sections of the England support of “Where’s your caravan?” directed at the locals, though it is unclear whether the match delegates will include that in their reports.