Ian Wright has blasted FA chairman Greg Clarke for “pandering” to UEFA over racism after England’s eventful win in Sofia on Monday night.
Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings were targeted by racists during the victory and the Group A match was halted twice in the first half after racist chanting before a group left the ground just before half-time.
There were further instances of racism in the second period with pitch-side microphones picking up apparent monkey noises.
Former England striker Wright was in the ITV studio in the Bulgarian capital and it was Clarke’s comments after the game suggesting that UEFA take racism “very, very seriously” which clearly irked an animated Wright.
Wright said: “Do you know what I’d like to say, listening to Greg Clarke’s interview, listening to him pander up to UEFA.
“He’s the person that’s supposed to be going into bat in respect of what’s happening.
“Saying that ‘I know that there’s people at UEFA who have really strong feelings’ – when have they shown any strong feelings about wanting to stamp out racism?
“That doesn’t make me very confident in Greg Clarke and what he’s going to try and do now.
“Not at all, really disappointed at that.”
Clarke had insisted UEFA do not turn a blind eye to racism and also urged English football to also get its own house in order.
'We shouldn't take the moral high ground we should join a movement to drive racism out of our game'
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 14, 2019
“I would like to see a very stringent review by UEFA because I know they take racism very, very seriously,” Clarke said.
“And if we say we’ve got zero tolerance for racism, to me one person making monkey chanting noises is the same as 100.
“Zero tolerance is zero tolerance and I think at UEFA we need to really address that.
“But to be perfectly frank we need to address racism in England.
“We still have it, we have it throughout the pyramid, we see examples of it every week from the professional game down to the grassroots game.
“We shouldn’t join the moral high ground, we should join a movement to drive racism out of our game and have zero tolerance for it.”