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Bulgaria: England fans clash with police ahead of Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia

Bulgaria, Sofia
October 14, 2019 at 20:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

England fans clashed with police in Sofia on Monday ahead of their team's Euro 2020 qualifier match against Bulgaria, according to reports fourteen English fans were arrested by police amid the clashes.

Footage from the city centre shows one English fan being arrested by the police as someone from the crowd throws a glass of alcohol at police officers.

Tensions have risen since Bulgarian supporters hurled racial abuse at the June qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Kosovo. The England coach and team have warned they will walk off the pitch if faced with similar behaviour. The Vasil Levski National Stadium will remain partially closed during the Monday night fixture.

Also on Monday an 32-year-old England fan reportedly died in a Sofia hospital after being found in a "helpless condition" by local police. The cause of death has yet to be established.

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England fans clashed with police in Sofia on Monday ahead of their team's Euro 2020 qualifier match against Bulgaria, according to reports fourteen English fans were arrested by police amid the clashes.

Footage from the city centre shows one English fan being arrested by the police as someone from the crowd throws a glass of alcohol at police officers.

Tensions have risen since Bulgarian supporters hurled racial abuse at the June qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Kosovo. The England coach and team have warned they will walk off the pitch if faced with similar behaviour. The Vasil Levski National Stadium will remain partially closed during the Monday night fixture.

Also on Monday an 32-year-old England fan reportedly died in a Sofia hospital after being found in a "helpless condition" by local police. The cause of death has yet to be established.

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