FIFA 20 No Room For Racism outfits are being introduced into the game following an incident of racial abuse suffered by players on England’s team in an away game during a Euro 2020 qualifier taking place in Bulgaria.
The outfits were revealed in a tweet on the @EASPORTSFIFA account.
There’s #NoRoomForRacism in football. @premierleague, the kits will be available in #FIFA20 soon.
As Eurogamer reports, the tweet contains an image which shows four players from the Premier League wearing the FIFA 20 No Room For Racism kit. Virgil Van Dijk, Jesse Lingard, Tammy Abraham, and James Maddison are wearing the outfits. EA has said that these skins will be available in the game “soon” along with matching themes for the game’s stadiums.
The Leadup to the FIFA 20 No Room For Racism Skins
England and Bulgaria’s teams were facing off in the Vasil Levski national stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria. Unfortunately, two stoppages in the first half took place due to racial abuse directed at some of England’s players; members of the crowd were reportedly making Nazi salutes and several players reported hearing racist chants.
The Uefa has an anti-racism protocol which was subsequently enacted. Play is stopped, and the referee addresses the crowd, imploring them to stop the chants. At half-time, the Bulgarian team captain was seen asking his own fans to stop. Had a third stoppage taken place, the teams would have walked off of the pitch and the game would have been abandoned as part of the anti-racism protocol.
As a result of the racist heckling and chants, Bulgarian Football Union President Borislav Mihaylov resigned his position and National Team manager Krasimir Balakov has also quit. 16 people were arrested in relation to the racial abuse that took place at the game and Uefa has charged the Bulgarian Football Union over the behavior of its fans.
The FIFA 20 No Room For Racism skins were revealed shortly after this incident took place; they should be making their way into the game sometime soon.
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