UEFA officially sued the Bulgarian Football Association on Tuesday after the disturbances of Monday night in the lost European Championship qualifier against England (0-6). Fans of the home crowd played racist slogans and brought the Nazi salute.
The match was stopped twice in the first half, because a group of monkeys heard monkey sounds in the stands. The England players decided to stay on the field and in the second half the peace returned to Sofia, allowing the match to be played.
According to UEFA, the Bulgarian fans were guilty of throwing objects and disturbing the national anthem, in addition to racism and bringing the Nazi salute. The Bulgarian Football Association is also being prosecuted for showing repetitions on the big screen.
The English Football Association is also being sued by UEFA. The accompanying fans would have disrupted Bulgaria's national anthem and the Football Association would have brought too few stewards to Sofia.
It was restless in Sofia for a long time. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Bulgaria's President has already resigned
It is not the first time that UEFA has denounced Bulgaria for racism. Fans from the Eastern European country had previously misbehaved this European Championship qualification in that area and therefore Bulgaria-England was partly played without an audience.
The English Football Association called on UEFA on Monday evening to take action against Bulgaria and the European Football Association has therefore responded. Earlier on Tuesday, Borislav Mikhailov, chairman of the federation, resigned as a result of the disorder.
With only three points from seven matches in qualifying group A, Bulgaria is no chance for direct placement for the European Championship. The country could still get a ticket through the Nations League play-offs.
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