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Session 112

England-Bulgaria Euro 2020 football match comes close to being stopped due to fans' racist behaviour. Catherine and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

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News Review

Racism at England-Bulgaria Euro 2020 football match

England-Bulgaria Euro 2020 football match comes close to being stopped due to fans' racist behaviour.

Language challenge

Which of these phrasal verbs means to ‘cancel a planned event’?

a) call in
b) call out
c) call off
d) call on

Watch the video and complete the activity



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The story

Racism has overshadowed a football match between England and Bulgaria in Sofia. The referee stopped the game twice in the first half after Bulgarian fans directed racist chants and gestures towards the black English players Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings. The match came close to being called off completely. England won 6-0.

Key words and phrases

made to seem less important than something else

• The wedding was overshadowed by several people getting food poisoning.
• Feeling overshadowed, Steph changed her name to escape her family's legacy.

lewd gesture
rude body movement that communicates an idea

• As the comedian left the stage, he made a lewd gesture that the audience applauded.
• "I will not tolerate lewd gestures from pupils," said the teacher.

(as) clear as day
easy to see or understand

• That the politician had lost the election was as clear as day.
• This was where I first met your mother. I remember it as clear as day.

To do

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News Review quiz

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Language challenge answer

c) call off


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