Racism spotters to be planted in crowd at England clashes with Czech Republic and Bulgaria

The Fare network will have representatives in the stands in a bid to quickly detect any acts of racism.

Spotters with a hotline to the UEFA match delegate will be placed among the crowd at England’s two upcoming internationals in a bid to stamp out any racism as soon as it occurs.

Representatives from the Fare network – previously known as Football Against Racism in Europe – will be in different parts of the grounds for England’s trip to Prague to face the Czech Republic on Friday night and at Monday’s clash with Bulgaria in Sofia.

The second of these Euro 2020 qualifying fixtures is seen as a particular concern, with a 5,000-seat section of the Vasil Levski National stadium closed due to incidents of racism in Bulgaria’s recent internationals against the Czech Republic and Kosovo.

Three observers are likely to be in Prague, liaising with a main observer who is in direct contact with the formal UEFA delegate.