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By Alistair Magowan
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says if he had been an England player he didn’t speak up enough about racism.
Even the 41-year-old ex-midfielder praised how the federal team reacted in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday.
He said the authorities should handle the matter, and not abandon gamers with it.
“I travelled with England at Europe and felt what we all felt and maybe did not talk about it ,” Lampard said.
“The huge development from Monday night, and we need to try and take advantages out of this, is where I think the governing bodies and businesses now need to produce a big step.
“I really don’t think we should rely upon individual players to make a step. I believe it should be individuals in charge.”
Chelsea had just two players in the England side for Monday’s victory – Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori – but neither played as Uefa officials tried to prevent the abuse 39, at a game that was stopped twice.
“The collective nature in how England coped with it from supervisors through to staff and players was something good to see and it’s not the end of the story,” said Lampard.
“It shows we are going in the perfect direction and it must carry on.”
After he missed a penalty in the Super Cup defeat by Liverpool earlier in the summer, Abraham suffered abuse on networking.
On that event Lampard said social media companies necessary to do much more to tackle the issue.
Considering that the game on Monday, Lampard said he’d supplied Chelsea gamers his”service”.
Blues midfielder Ross Barkley scored double against Bulgaria and has been substituted in the second half by Mason Mount.
Lampard added:”I have spoken with them and asked how the game was. They replied and there is no significant story.
“They are big strong players and Tammy has endured for this before in another degree, but I will be there to support them.”
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