Fighting racism is a ‘gradual process’, says Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori

Fikayo Tomori says kicking racism out of football is an essential process but that process must have to be gradual.

England’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria in Sofia last Monday was marred by behavior the home fans and the game was halted twice in the first half as England considered walking off the pitch.

Chelsea defender Tomori – who was an unused sub that night after earning a call-up to the senior squad – admits it was a tough night for the squad.

“It was a difficult sort of experience,” said Tomori.

“What we wanted to do was play our football. That’s what we did.

“You just have to try and block it out. We just wanted to go out there, play and win the game.”

However Tomori also says the national side have support network in place to help players affected by the abuse

“The manager said there’s help if you need it,” he added.

“The whole set up made it clear [that counselling was available].

“I feel that we have good staff and team-mates around us, if we need them.

“Racism is not a laughing matter, and needs kicking out of the game. It’s a gradual process.”

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