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Racist fans: UEFA accuses Bulgaria's association

2019-10-15T17:10:29.950Z

After the racist comments of Bulgarian football fans in the European Championship qualification, UEFA wants to investigate the case. Also against the English Association is determined.



UEFA has filed charges against the Bulgarian association following the racist incidents. That was decided by the European Football Union after the derailment of home fans in Sofia's 6-0 defeat by the Bulgarians. Among others, the Hitler salute had been shown. The game was about to break after two breaks on Monday night.

UEFA revealed that the Bulgarians are being charged with racist behavior, throwing objects and disturbing the national anthem. The association must also explain why, contrary to UEFA's safety rules, repetitions were shown on the stadium screen. The English Football Association FA also has to answer for disturbing the national anthem. In addition, the FA is accused of not having had a sufficient number of entrusting folders.

The President of the Bulgarian Football Association has already had to resign because of the incidents. Subsequently, according to local media, the Verandszentrale near Sofia was cordoned off by forces to combat organized crime.

The game, in which England's Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings had been discredited with monkey lutes from the stands, had already taken place in front of some empty seats. As Bulgarian fans had been adversely affected by racist statements in the June game against Kosovo, UEFA imposed sanctions.

According to the UEFA Disciplinary Code, the Bulgarians are now threatened with a spectacle without a spectator and a fine of 50,000 euros. However, the penalty could be even higher, because 3,000 places must be empty in the European Championship qualifier against the Czech Republic on 17 November: Bulgarian fans also caused racist incidents in the first leg on 10 June in Prague.

Source: zeit

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