UEFA has punished Bulgaria on Tuesday with one home match without an audience following the racist misconduct of its own supporters in the European Championship qualifying match two weeks ago at home against England (0-6).
At the time, fans of Bulgaria made jungle sounds when dark players from England hit the ball and also repeatedly gave a Hitler salute. The referee stopped the game twice but nevertheless allowed the game to finish.
UEFA did immediately start an investigation into the disturbances and finally decided to sanction Bulgaria with two home games without an audience (one of which was conditional).
The Bulgarian Football Association BFS also has to pay a fine of 75,000 euros for the racist hymns and 10,000 euros for the disruption of the English national anthem.
The players of Bulgaria are instructed to stand behind a banner just before the next two games with the text 'no to racism', something that happens regularly in Champions League matches.
The week after the confrontation with England, the Bulgarian police arrested twelve suspects. National coach Krasimir Balakov and the president of the Bulgarian Football Association Borislav Mikhailov chose to resign.