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British man dies in Bulgaria ahead of England’s Euro 2020 qualifier

A British man has died in Sofia ahead of England’s Euro 2020 qualifier, Bulgaria’s Ministry of Interior has confirmed.

The unnamed 32-year-old was said to be acting “aggressively, raging and threatening” in the city centre on Monday morning.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Interior said: “At 10am today, the police received a signal to attend a man in a helpless condition, in the city centre.

“He was a foreign national, from Britain, and he was taken to hospital but he sadly died.

“Police are working to clarify all the circumstances in the incident.

“There is no further detail on any injuries.”

She added that no cause of death has been identified.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office released a statement saying it was unable to verify the death but confirmed another man had been injured in a separate incident.

An FCO spokesperson said: “Our staff are supporting a British man following an incident in Sofia and are in contact with the Bulgarian Police.”

England will qualify for Euro 2020 if they beat Bulgaria on Monday night.

The incident comes after England supporters clashed with police in Prague before a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic on Friday.

Asked about the trouble after the game, England manager Gareth Southgate said: “Of course, always disappointing and I think I’ve always spoken about how we would want everybody to conduct themselves.”

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