Thursday , October 31 2019

Raheem Sterling posts funny response to Piers Morgan hailing his Euro 2020 qualifier performance

Raheem Sterling hilariously posted a gif of Ainsley Harriott saying ‘delightful’ in response to Piers Morgan praising him for his performance against Bulgaria on Monday night.

The England and Manchester City star was the victim of racist abuse during the 6-0 win, in which he scored two of the goals and set up another to silence the hateful chants in Sofia.

Morgan hailed Sterling’s ‘sublime talent’ to score against the Bulgarians to perfectly answer the racist fans.

Raheem Sterling was one of the target of racist abuse during England’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria

Sterling hilariously responded to Piers Morgan's tweet that praised the England star for his performance in the 6-0 win that silenced 'the racist Bulgaria fans'

Sterling hilariously responded to Piers Morgan’s tweet that praised the England star for his performance in the 6-0 win that silenced ‘the racist Bulgaria fans’

Sterling scored two of England's six goals in the comprehensive win, silencing the racist fans

Sterling scored two of England’s six goals in the comprehensive win, silencing the racist fans

Morgan tweeted during the game: ‘Brilliant goal by @sterling7 – no sweeter way to stuff it up these racist Bulgaria fans than for a black England player to destroy their team with his sublime talent.’  

To make light of the situation, Sterling brilliantly responded with TV chef Harriott saying ‘delightful’.

Following the disgusting events at the National Stadium in Sofia, Sterling also tweeted about how he felt ‘sorry’ for Bulgaria to have been represented by ‘such idiots in their stadium’.

Sterling also tweeted about how he felt 'sorry' for Bulgaria being represented by 'such idiots'

Sterling also tweeted about how he felt ‘sorry’ for Bulgaria being represented by ‘such idiots’

Fans do a Nazi salute despite warnings about the tie being stopped if racist behaviour went on

Fans do a Nazi salute despite warnings about the tie being stopped if racist behaviour went on 

He added: ‘Feeling sorry for Bulgaria to be represented by such idiots in their stadium. Anyway.. 6-0 and we go back home, at least we did our job. Safe travel to our fans, u (sic) guys did well.’

The 24-year-old wasn’t done there as he also took aim at Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov for saying England have a bigger racism problem than his own country.

Before the game, Balakov incredibly said that he believed there was no problem with racism in his country.  

‘What I can say is that I don’t think we have a problem,’ he said.

Bulgaria boss Krasimir Balakov had said that English football has a bigger racism problem

Bulgaria boss Krasimir Balakov had said that English football has a bigger racism problem

Sterling took aim at Balakov who said England had a bigger racism problem than Bulgaria

Sterling took aim at Balakov who said England had a bigger racism problem than Bulgaria

Jesse Lingard tweeted a black and white Three Lions crest, calling it a 'shameful' night

Jesse Lingard tweeted a black and white Three Lions crest, calling it a ‘shameful’ night

‘In the Bulgarian championship, we have a lot of players of different ethnicities and skin colour. I don’t think that we have this big problem like, for example, England do.’

However, the game was called to a halt twice for racist abuse directed at Sterling, Tyrone Mings and Marcus Rashford from sections of the home support, with there a real possibility that the Euro 2020 qualifier would be called off.

Images of fans making Nazi salutes were also broadcast during the game before the group left the stadium before the half-time whistle.

Asked to clarify his remark on England, Balakov said: ‘What I meant was that in the Bulgarian championship we’ve not had such problems.

A fan holds up a No Respect jumper, rubbishing UEFA's campaign to end to racism in football

A fan holds up a No Respect jumper, rubbishing UEFA’s campaign to end to racism in football

Bulgaria coach denies abuse

Bulgaria boss Krasimir Balakov insists he did not hear any racist chanting from his nation’s supporters and slammed England fans for interrupting the Bulgaria national anthem. 

This is despite monkey noises aimed at England forward Raheem Sterling being clearly heard at the ground and on television. 

Balakov told ITV: ‘I personally did not hear the chanting you are most probably referring to. I saw that the referee stopped the game.

‘But I also have to say the unacceptable behaviour was not only on behalf of the Bulgaria fans but also the England fans who were whistling and shouting during the Bulgaria national anthem and during the second half they used words against our fans which I find unacceptable.’

‘While there have been incidents in various levels of English football involving racism, which I consider something normal because it’s a big country with a very diverse population.

‘But we don’t have this problem in Bulgaria, I can assure you of that.’

Sterling, posting to Twitter, responded to those comments by saying: ‘Mmmmh … Not sure about this one chief.’

It is the first time that UEFA’s protocols on tackling racist abuse have been implemented for an England game.   

FA chairman Greg Clarke revealed that England players and backroom staff are providing witness statements so that UEFA and Bulgarian police can conduct a full investigation into the racist incidents at the match.

Mr Clarke blamed a group of around 50 Bulgarian fans, who were all dressed in black and gathered together in section of the home end.

Bulgarian fans with hoods and face masks head for the exits after the second stoppage

Bulgarian fans with hoods and face masks head for the exits after the second stoppage

He said: ‘It was difficult to pick out individuals, but they were all doing it. It was terrible racism.

‘The players reported it to the referee, and they spoke with him and the manager. I told Gareth at half time that whatever he wanted to do, he had my full support. He’s now with the team and wants to spend some time with them to make sure that they are OK. 

‘He’s concerned about their welfare and the impact that this could have on them. I’d like to say it is shocking but it is not.’