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Racism incident: Uefa punishes Bulgaria with two ghost games

2019-10-29T16:24:33.025Z

85,000 euro penalty and two ghost games: The racist failures in a qualifier in Sofia now have consequences. Also for the English Association.



The Uefa has punished the Bulgarian Football Association after the racist failures of spectators during a European Championship qualifier. The European Football Association's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body imposed a ban on two ghost games and a fine totaling € 85,000 following the events involving the Bulgarian's 0: 6 against England. UEFA announced that the second game was suspended for spectators under a two-year probationary term.

On October 14, Bulgarian fans had racially insulted the English football team in a qualifier in Sofia. In the stadium monkey sounds were heard, some fans showed the Hitler salute. Following this, alleged perpetrators were arrested. In addition, Association President Borisslaw Mikhailov and the national coach Krassimir Balakov down their offices.

Both Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who announced that he would extend sanctions at European level worldwide, had criticized the incidents. The English football association The Football Association (FA) was also sanctioned by the Uefa: He has to pay a fine of 5,000 euros for disturbances during the Bulgarian national anthem.

In Bulgaria, similar incidents have occurred repeatedly in the past. The match in October had already taken place in front of partially empty ranks. Because Bulgarian fans in the game against Kosovo in June by racist remarks were negative, the Uefa had imposed appropriate sanctions. The European Championship qualifier against the Czech Republic on 17 November will also leave 3,000 empty: Bulgarian fans had caused racist incidents in the first leg on 10 June in Prague. In the current European Championship qualification, Bulgaria occupies the last of five places in Group A with three points.

Source: zeit

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