There is no reason that any player, white or black, should have to go to a country or a stadium with a history of racist abuse.

Raheem Sterling is many things: arguably the outstanding English player of his generation; a leading light for both his club, Manchester City, and his national team; an articulate, considered and urgent voice on the issue of racism both within football and outside it. He is not, and he should not be expected to be, an expert on the intricacies of Bulgarian politics.

On Tuesday, a few hours after Sterling and his England teammates were

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