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Image of Lauta Army members at last year's Bulgarian Cup final where they beat their rivals Botev Plovdiv

Within the & # 39; Lauta Army & # 39; from Bulgaria: Hooded hooligans who have abused England's black players have terrorized the terraces for 25 years, gather for fights in the park with which they are named and film battles with rival fans and police

  • Black players from England were abused by Bulgarian fans under the flag of the 'Lauta Army' on monday night
  • The Lauta Army is linked to the Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Plovdiv – and has a history of violence and racism.
  • Official observers even saw Bulgarian flight attendants and stadium security removing their bibs to join the group
  • Videos posted on YouTube show Lauta Army members battling rival supporters away from games
  • Lokomotiv Plovdiv faces partial closure of UEFA group this summer due to racist behavior of their fans

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They were at the center of the shameful scenes of black England players being racially abused in Sofia on Monday night, proudly proud to fight rival fans and have a history of violence and racism.

This is the Lauta Army – the radical group of racist bandits who marked Monday night's victory for England in Bulgaria.

Dressed in black, the group members directed evil racist abuses against black England players and were also seen giving Nazi greetings during the Euro 2020 overshadowed.

England's players have been subjected to a torrent of abuse that two of the three protocols that form part of UEFA's new approach to combating racism have been activated. But the culprits are used to it.

*** WARNING: VIDEO BELOW CONTAINS PHYSICAL VIOLENCE SCENES ***

Image of Lauta Army members at last year's Bulgarian Cup final where they beat their rivals Botev Plovdiv

Videos posted on YouTube show Lauta Army members gathering to fight in fields away from their team's games

Videos posted on YouTube show Lauta Army members gathering to fight in fields away from their team's games

The pictures show men, some shirtless, fighting in brutal violent scenes in Bulgaria in recent years.

The pictures show men, some shirtless, fighting in brutal violent scenes in Bulgaria in recent years.

There are several YouTube videos of Lauta's army clashing with supporters of Lokomotiv's fierce rivals Plovdiv, Botev

There are several YouTube videos of Lauta's army clashing with supporters of Lokomotiv's fierce rivals Plovdiv, Botev

Linked to the Bulgarian Lokomotiv Plovdiv team, Lauta Army supporters have already faced UEFA sanctions against racism once this club season before Monday night's match.

Lokomotiv have been ordered to close the stadium for a home game due to racist behavior by supporters during a 1-0 defeat by French side Strasbourg in the Europa League qualifiers.

This is a group with a history of involvement in violence and racism. The gang took its name from the park around Plovdiv's 13,000-seat home, Lauta – which is the site of some of its pre-planned fights.

Lauta's army is known to have followed Lokomotiv home and away and brought terror to the terraces for over 25 years.

Gang members often dress in black – as they were seen on Monday – for organized fights with rival companies.

On Monday, while watching the national team's selection, an announcement warning fans of their behavior was made by the PA system before the game was temporarily suspended minutes before the break, prompting Lauta's army to say goodbye.

Lauta Army prides itself on love of football and violence - and is linked to Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Plovdiv

Lauta Army prides itself on love of football and violence – and is linked to Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Plovdiv

The & # 39; Lauta Army & # 39; was in Sofia on Monday night and involved the abuse of England players by beating Bulgaria

The & # 39; Lauta Army & # 39; was in Sofia on Monday night and involved the abuse of England players by beating Bulgaria

Hood fans greeted Nazi greetings at the stadium, while black England players were subjected to monkey chants

Hood fans greeted Nazi greetings at the stadium, while black England players were subjected to monkey chants

The Lauta army band was playing in front of a Bulgarian fan section where offensive singing originated

The Lauta army band was playing in front of a Bulgarian fan section where offensive singing originated

Gareth Southgate confirmed after the 6-0 win that the game would be abandoned if there was another incident, but no discriminatory language was reported in the second half.

Lauta's army has established a reputation as one of Europe's most violent football gangs over the years.

There are several YouTube videos of Lauta's army clashing with supporters of Lokomotiv Plovdiv's fierce rival, Botev – one of which shows them chasing Botev fans down the road and surrendering them after they refused to agree to an organized fight.

Extreme violence has become a basic element of Plovdiv derby. In 2009, players and coaches from both teams started fighting after the final whistle as fans stormed the pitch, tossing bottles and smoke bombs.

In 2014, the derby game had to be abandoned in the first half due to cheering issues.

Lokomotiv Plovdiv fans climb fences during Europa League game against French club Strasbourg in August this year

Lokomotiv Plovdiv fans climb fences during Europa League game against French club Strasbourg in August this year

Lauta's army is known to travel to Lokomotiv Plovdiv's house and departs in large numbers.

Lauta's army is known to travel to Lokomotiv Plovdiv's house and departs in large numbers.

Here, they are seen clashing with the police after attempting to invade the opposing fan side during a match against Marek

Here, they are seen clashing with the police after attempting to invade the opposing fan side during a match against Marek

In the same year, Lauta's army attacked Beroe's fans with baseball bats as they headed toward the outside entrance before clashing with police.

In a game against Marek a few years ago, they also got into a big mess with the police after trying to reach the end of the opposing fans.

Their aggressive and racist behavior during games has caused Lokomotiv Plovdiv to be fined and forced to play behind closed doors on several occasions in the past.

Now, his actions have not only caused friction between the government and the Bulgarian Federation, so much so that Prime Minister Boyko Borisov says he will freeze all relations until football chief Borislav Mihaylov resigns, but he has also embarrassed his nation on a large scale.

But that does not seem likely to stop them.

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