🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🦁 Abraham: England will take a stance on racism at the Euro 2020 qualifiers
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🦁 Abraham: England will take a stance on racism at the Euro 2020 qualifiers
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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🦁 Abraham: England will take a stance on racism at the Euro 2020 qualifiers

​Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham has cited the England national team players have made an agreement to leave the pitch if any of them are targeted with racial slurs according to talkSport reports.

England are set to take on the Czech Republic and Bulgaria ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers and they are hoping to secure wins from both matches.

However, the game that will be played in the capital of Sofia will be under negative spotlight as the match is set to be played at the Vasil Levski National Stadium - the latter was closed after the fans racially abused players in games against Kosovo and the Czech Republic.

The Three Lion's were also subjected racial slurs in the qualifier fixture against Montenegro in Podgorica.

Manager Gareth Southgate, according to talkSPORT has firmly stood with his players and said that they will be following UEFA's three-step protocol for abuse. 

Tammy Abraham further added that if any of the players feel they are being targeted on the day, captain Harry Kane should take the stance and lead the players off the pitch. 

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

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“We’ve touched base on how to deal with the situation. Harry Kane even said that if it happens and we’re not happy with it, we speak to the player and if he’s not happy, we all come off the pitch together.

“It’s a team thing. Don’t isolate one person, we’re a whole team. If it happens to one of us, it happens to all of us.

“We did speak about that. Harry Kane did ask the question about instead of going through the three steps, if we decide that we want to stop the game and we want to stop the game – no matter what the score is – if we’re not happy with it, as a team we’ll decide whether or not to stay on the pitch.”

“For me personally, I think it’s just one strike because it gives people excuses,” he added.

“One time, twice, three times – it gives silly people excuses.

“Like we were all saying yesterday, if it happens and let’s say there’s a warning or whatever in the stadium, then it happens again, we have to make a decision as a team and with the staff.”

“I think I dealt with it in the best way possible,” he said.

“I just stayed away from Twitter and all social media, I just spent time with my team-mates and my family. Everyone saw it, everyone was aware of what was happening.

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“It’s not acceptable. It’s not an excuse for people to hide behind computers and say whatever they want to say.

“But whoever doesn’t have my personality might be affected more. Like I said, I think I dealt with it the best way. I stayed away, ignored it and just let the football do the talking.”

“I was watching on TV,” he added.

“I didn’t quite understand what was going on because it’s not really the same on TV but to know what those guys were going through out there, it’s not acceptable.

“No-one wants to see that. You just want to see the beautiful game. I spoke to Callum as well. He’s a strong character, he played well.”

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