‘We have to be proud to host them’: Partizan Belgrade manager Savo Milosevic calls on fans not to shame club with racism when they play Manchester United in Europa League
- Manchester United are set to face Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League
- Partizan played their last two European home games behind closed doors
- Savo Milosevic has urged the club’s fans not to shame the club with racism
- Comments come after England were subject to racism against Bulgaria
Savo Milosevic has pleaded with Partizan Belgrade fans to not shame their club with racism when they play Manchester United in the Europa League.
The Aston Villa legend, who now manages the Serbian team, said he understands why there might be some concerns ahead of the game.
He told The Sun: ‘Sure, and I, as a former player with friends throughout the world, will do everything to make sure our guests will feel comfortable and to think only of a game of football.
Partizan Belgrade manager Savo Milosevic has pleaded with supporters not to shame the club
‘I will say to our fans: “A big club, a giant club, is coming to visit us – and we should be honoured to play against Manchester United for the first time since 1966”.
‘We have to be proud to host the players, coaches, leaders and fans of such a great club.’
The comments come after England players were subjected to shocking racial abuse in a match against Bulgaria during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.
Tyrone Mings, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford were all subject to racist behaviour in the match.
Milosevic added: ‘This is, in my opinion, done by people who are not educated, people from lower parts of society.’
The comments also come after recent fan trouble with Partizan fans which have seen the club play their last two games behind closed doors.
Partizan Belgrade had to play their last two home European games behind closed doors
The Serbian club had been ordered to play two home European games behind closed doors as a sanction for racist behaviour by supporters in the competition’s qualifying phase against Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor.
Milosevic made his name playing for Partizan before he moved to Villa in 1995.
He became a club legend over the three years he spent with the club in a career that also saw him play in Spain, Italy and Russia and win 102 international caps for what is now the Serbian national team.
The 46-year-old became Partizan manager in March 2019.