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UEFA leader wants 'war on racists' after English face abuse

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin urged governments to escalate the "war on the racists" to help soccer authorities eliminate it from stadiums after England players faced abuse in Bulgaria.

In a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Ceferin blamed a rise in nationalism across Europe for fueling racism at matches and said UEFA was committed to imposing strong punishments.

The European Championship qualifier in Sofia was stopped twice on Monday as Bulgarian fans made Nazi salutes and directed monkey noises at England players who are black.

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