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:
You’re a hero who stood tall in the face of racial abuse. An England debut to be proud of and a firm ground to build one. Did yourself, Aston Villa and your country proud. UTV #AVFC
— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) October 14, 2019
Superb as ever, a Rolls Royce of a player.
— Risso (@manxvilla) October 14, 2019
All us Villa fans were proud of you tonight. Your legendary status grows by the day. Well done big man, you were immense on that pitch tonight ??
— Boycey (@Boycey1259) October 14, 2019
You did us all proud today Tyrone. Handled it impeccably. Congratulations on your England debut. Top man.
— Fake (@JACKGREALlSH) October 14, 2019
You are an inspiration Tyrone, on and off the pitch. Massive congratulations to you on your debut tonight.
— Juan Pablo Aston (@AstonPablo) October 14, 2019
As a player and as a human being, we are fortunate indeed to have you at our club and now representing England. Legendary status affirmed ✅❤️
— Just call me Nocola (Nicola) Mings FFS Partridge (@NicolaPartridg2) October 15, 2019
You sir are not only a Villa hero but now a National Treasure. Great debut.
— Phil Queenan (@philq001) October 14, 2019
— ajp (@gwentvillan) October 14, 2019
Best player on the park by miles. The rest of the country will see what we have seen since you arrived. A gent off the field and a giant on the field, and that’s not just claret tinted glasses. ??
— nick pitt (@NickNickpitt1) October 14, 2019
Titan. Maverick. Ours.
Deserves everything he gets, class act.
Fee we paid questioned, answering it and then some.
— Dan Bardell (@danbardell) October 14, 2019