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'I did not hear the chanting... the unacceptable behaviour was from England fans': Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov issues staggering denial over racist taunting

By Jack Kinnersley For Mailonline

Published: 23:05 BST, 14 October 2019 | Updated: 23:13 BST, 14 October 2019

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Bulgaria boss Krasimir Balakov insists he did not hear any racist chanting from his nation's supporters and slams 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.

Bulgaria boss Krasimir Balakov insists he did not hear any racist chanting from his nation's fans

Bulgaria boss Krasimir Balakov insists he did not hear any racist chanting from his nation's fans

'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.

'To be honest this has not happened to us before. The disciplinary measures by UEFA were not because of racist chanting but because of a banner from an organisation which is not forbidden by Bulgarian law. 

'We

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