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Raheem Sterling says players 'have to give UEFA a chance' when it comes to tackling racism, as England boss Gareth Southgate says they will follow protocols if they experience abuse England will follow UEFA's protocols if they their players are racially abused There was confusion after Tammy Abraham said they may walk off the pitch Raheem Sterling says they must give UEFA a chance to tackle racism in football 

By Press Association Reporter

Published: 19:52 BST, 10 October 2019 | Updated: 20:56 BST, 10 October 2019

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England manager Gareth Southgate has stressed his players will follow UEFA protocols if they experience racist chanting during forthcoming European Championship qualifiers.

Southgate's team are in the Czech Republic for their next game and on Monday face Bulgaria, where the match will be played in a partly-closed stadium because of problems with racist chanting in the past.

Speaking ahead of the fixture with the Czechs, Southgate said: 'There is a UEFA process and we have to have faith in that process. Everything else is hypothetical as we don't know the situation we will be in as a team or I will be in as a manager.'

There have been multiple cases of racist abuse from fans in 2019, as players look for an end

There have been multiple cases of racist abuse from fans in 2019, as players look for an end

England's football players have been wearing Black History Month shirts in training sessions

England's football players have been wearing Black History Month shirts in training sessions

Southgate added: 'The most important thing for me is that all of the players and all of the staff know they are supported.

'Inevitably because we suffered a situation in Montenegro we wanted to be clear what might happen if something happened in the future. We are very clear on that.

'We want the players to be able to concentrate on football, they want to be judged on

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