Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has said that racism needs to be abolished permanently, but the process will be gradual.
Tomori was an unused substitute after receiving his first senior call-up for the England vs Bulgaria game in Sofia last week. The game was marred by unsatisfactory behaviour from the home fans who used racial comments to insult and demoralise the English players.
The scenes became so intense that England considered walking away mid-game in the first half and the match had to be halted twice to ask the Bulgarian fans to behave.
“It was a difficult sort of experience,” said Tomori.
“What we wanted to do was play our football. That’s what we did.”
“You just have to try and block it out. We just wanted to go out there, play and win the game.”
“The manager said there’s help if you need it,” he added.
“The whole set up made it clear [that counselling was available].”
“I feel that we have good staff and team-mates around us, if we need them.”
“Racism is not a laughing matter, and needs kicking out of the game. It’s a gradual process.”