SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s prime minister called on Tuesday for the president of the country’s football union to resign following racist abuse and monkey chants from Bulgarian fans towards black England players during their Euro 2020 qualifier.
The match, won 6-0 by England, was temporarily halted by the referee in the first half to tackle the abuse from the crowd in Bulgaria’s national stadium, under a three-step protocol by European soccer governing body UEFA.
A group of black-clad Bulgarian fans, some of whom were making right-wing salutes, were moved from an area behind the dugout with home team captain Ivelin Popov trying to appeal to the supporters in a heated discussion at halftime.
“I urge Borislav Mihaylov to immediately resign as president of the Bulgarian Football Union!” Boyko Borissov posted on Facebook on Tuesday, after the footage of Monday night’s match was seen around the world on television and social media.
“It is unacceptable for Bulgaria, which…
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