Bulgaria Demands Football Boss Resign over Racist Abuse

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Tuesday ordered the Ministry of Sport to cut all ties with the Bulgarian Football Union, including state funding, until the president of the national football association, Borislav Mihaylov, resigns.

Sports Minister Krassen Kralev announced the move after a Euro 2020 qualifying match with England in Sofia on Monday evening was marred by the racist abuse of English footballers by Bulgarian fans and ended with a humiliating 0-6 defeat for the Bulgarian national team.

I strongly condemn the conduct of some of the fans at the stadium #BULENG It is unacceptable that Bulgaria which is one of the most tolerant states in the world and where people of different ethnic and religious background peacefully live together should be associated with racism

— Boyko Borissov (@BoykoBorissov) October 15, 2019

"After yesterday's incidents, the prime minister ordered that from today on, we are cutting all relations with the [Bulgarian] Football Union, including financial ones, until the resignation of the president of the BFU, Borislav Mihaylov," Kralev told journalists.

Kralev denied that the state is interfering in the work of the football union, which is not allowed by football's world governing body, FIFA, or its European governing body, UEFA.

"At the moment we are saying that we want the resignation because of the overall state of the Bulgarian football and yesterday's incidents. That's it. Clear and explicit. The state cannot tolerate such behaviour anymore," he said.

Monday's game had to be stopped twice in the first half by Croatian referee Ivan Babek in accordance with UEFA's protocol for dealing with racism as Bulgarian football fans targeting the England team's...

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