Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has called for the resignation of the president of the country’s football association after England players were subjected to racist abuse during Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier.
The game was twice temporarily halted in the first half after England debutante Tyrone Mings alerted officials to the abuse being directed at both himself and his teammates from various parts of the Levski Stadium in Sofia.
“It is unacceptable for Bulgaria, which is one of the most tolerant countries in the world, and people of different ethnicity and religions live in peace, to be associated with racism and xenophobia,” said Borissov
“I urge Borislav Mihaylov to immediately resign as president of the Bulgarian Football Union.”
As well as the monkey chanting, some Bulgarian fans made Nazi salutes during the game.
UEFA told CNN on Tuesday that its control, ethics and disciplinary body will wait to read the referee’s match report and the report of the UEFA delegate before launching an investigation into the racist abuse.
It added that it will also likely consider observations from FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) anti-racism spotters who were at the game.
Football journalist Darren Lewis told CNN Sport that Bulgaria must face “a stringent punishment” before explaining why he thought issues such as this still continue to surface.
“There is no black representation at the top of their [Bulgarian] game, just like there isn’t at the top of UEFA. That’s why so few people have any faith in their ability to actually understand this issue,” Lewis told CNN World Sport.
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