Former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov has slammed the Bulgarian supporters who chanted racist remarks at England players during a 6-0 victory for Gareth Southgate’s men.
A large section of the home support were picked up on television microphones shouting racial abuse at Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford; whilst Tyrone Mings was heard asking the assistant referee if he could hear the shouts from the stands.
Evtimov came through the youth ranks at Forest, making three appearances for the first-team. He departed in 2018 and after a short spell at Burton Albion, he has now established himself at Accrington Stanley.
The 26-year-old has made six appearances for the Bulgaria under-21 team. He was called into the senior squad in 2018 but hasn’t collected a cap for his country.
Following last night’s events he was thoroughly disgusted and took to Twitter:
Absolutely embarrassing and makes me feel sick that this is happening in 2019! I am a proud Bulgarian and I can assure you, there are only few idiots that are trying to shame our country and they should be brought to justice.
— Dimitar Evtimov (@DimiEvtimov) October 14, 2019
The fact that Evitmov is Bulgarian and felt the need to take to Twitter in the aftermath of the contest speaks volumes. This sort of thing is becoming all too frequent in football – and indeed society. UEFA must now do the right thing and take drastic action.
Forging a career
Evtimov was largely a deputy during his time at the City Ground. He came through the ranks as a promising youngster but in the cutthroat business of goalkeeping, he never quite made the grade.
Forest fans will clearly wish a player the club nurtured for so long well and it is perhaps pleasing that he has now established himself at a Football League outfit.
His two league outings came against Leeds in 2013 and Sheffield Wednesday in 2016.