Aston Villa fans laud Tyrone Mings’ conduct after receiving shocking racist abuse

England’s Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria was marred by the shocking acts of racism which saw the game halted on two occasions, with the officials nearly abandoning the whole match.

Gareth Southgate’s men made a statement through their football as they eased to a 6-0 victory in Sofia amongst what was a shamefully toxic atmosphere.

Marcus Rashford, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane all contributed to the scoreline as the Three Lions went three points clear in Group A.

The issue of racism was clear to see in the lead up to the game as several sections of the Vasil Levski Stadium had been closed off after incidents back in June, but that wasn’t enough to stop the inexcusable abuse that ensued.

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Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings was one player targeted by the home crowd in what should have been one of the most momentous occasions in his career in earning his first England cap, but instead it will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

The 26-year-old handled himself professionally and gave an impressive interview post-match considering everything he had to deal with throughout the 90 minutes.

Several of the B6 faithful have taken to social media to throw support behind their newly-capped England international.

One supporter said the centre-back did himself, Villa, and the country proud as he was a hero that ‘stood tall’ in the face of racial abuse, while another claimed he had become a ‘national treasure’.

Others labelled him an ‘inspiration’ and a ‘Rolls-Royce’ of a player with a further fan naming him the best player on the pitch on Monday evening.

Here’s more of the reaction:

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Mings

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