Roberts hopes there will be no repeat of England racism ordeal in Bulgaria

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Tyler Roberts hopes there will be no repeat of England’s racism ordeal in Bulgaria on Wednesday night.

The hosts have sold tickets for Wales’ visit with a small crowd expected at the Vasil Levski Stadium for the Nations League tie.

It is the same Sofia venue where England’s Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Bulgaria was overshadowed by shameful scenes of racism a year ago.

The game was stopped twice and officials threaten to abandon the match after Tyrone Mings, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford were targeted by fans who made monkey noises.

Bulgaria were later ordered by UEFA to play their next competitive home game behind closed doors.

England’s game in Bulgaria last year was briefly stopped after home fans abused stars like Tyrone Mings

Roberts and his Welsh team-mates are hoping there will be no similar appalling scenes this evening.

The Leeds striker,21, set to win his ninth cap, said: “Hopefully there are restrictions and things put in place to help prevent that type of thing.

“No matter what age or colour you are, you hope that this doesn’t happen.

“It’s something that unfortunately still creeps into the game here and there but I’ve got the right people around me to deal with it if that situation occurs.

“In all types of football – club and country – there are still steps that need to be made and things that need to happen.

Roberts is enjoying life in the Premier League with Leeds under coach Marcelo Bielsa

“The Black Lives Matter movement and stuff like that has helped but I still feel like it’s a bit away from where it needs to be.

“I want to be a part of trying to help and improve it.

“But at the same time there are also people higher up who need to be at the front of that.”

Roberts is aiming for his first international goal this evening and feels his game has improved under Marcelo Bielsa who has led Leeds back into the top-flight.

The forward, who has played in all Leeds’ Premier League games so far, added: “He has made me understand the game at a completely different level.

“I have matured since he has been at the club, knowing how the game needs to be played.

“It has changed me as a player and a person.

“It’s also a great experience and a great start to the season playing against top players from Liverpool and Manchester City.

“The biggest difference is that you don’t come up against any player who is technically below anyone else.

“Everyone in the Premier League is technically at a very high level and you have to be bang at it every time you step on the pitch.”

Possible teams:

Bulgaria (4-2-3-1): Lukov; Popov, Dimitrov, Bozhikov, Velkovski; Tsvetkov, Malinov; Despodov, Iliev, Yomov; Kraev

Wales (4-2-3-1): Hennessey, N Williams, Ampadu, Rodon, Davies; Smith, Levitt; Wilson, Ramsey, James; Roberts 



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