England prepared to walk off over racism

Sports | REUTERS 10 Oct 2019

England's players are ready to walk off the pitch if they are subjected to racist abuse in Euro 2020 football qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, striker Tammy Abraham says.

England face the Czechs away in Group A on Saturday (HK time) before visiting Bulgaria on Tuesday for a match in a partially-closed stadium due to the home supporters' racist behavior in June.

"If it happens to one of us it happens to all of us," Abraham said, who added that captain Harry Kane "even said that if we're not happy, if a player is not happy, we all come off the pitch together."

European governing body Uefa's three-step protocol for racism can lead to a referee abandoning a match if warnings to the crowd do not stop racial abuse of players.

"Sometimes you can go to countries and stuff like that can happen," Abraham said.

England top Group A with 12 points and will qualify for next year's finals if they beat the second-placed Czechs.

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