UEFA charges Bulgaria’s soccer federation over racist chants, Nazi salutes

first_imgUEFA has charged the Bulgarian Football Union over racist behavior by home fans during Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against England in Sofia.England’s 6-0 win was halted twice before halftime due to racist abuse being directed toward black players in the visitors’ lineup.A section of supporters, who were ejected from Vasil Levski National Stadium, aimed “monkey chants” at Raheem Sterling, Tyrone Mings and Marcus Rashford and were also seen making Nazi salutes.Tuesday’s fallout from the shameful scenes also included BFU president Borislav Mihaylov resigning after Prime Minister Boyko Borissov threatened to cut funding if he did not step down. Prime minister urges Bulgaria’s soccer chief to resign as racist abuse taints England qualifier UEFA to wait on reports before acting on racist abuse in Bulgaria Additionally, an “insufficient number of traveling stewards” means the FA is accused of running afoul of UEFA’s safety and security regulations.UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will deal with the case.center_img UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin urged the “football family” and authorities including governments to “wage war on the racists” and his organization has now taken action.A statement issued by UEFA read: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA European Qualifiers match between Bulgaria and England (0-6), played on October 14.”Charges against Bulgarian Football Union: Racist behaviour (chants, Nazi salutes)… Throwing of objects… Disruption of national anthem… Replays on giant screen.”England’s Football Association must also answer a charge of disrupting a national anthem after visiting fans jeered during the prematch playing of Bulgaria’s anthem. Related News Elsewhere, UEFA is looking into salutes performed by Turkey’s players during their matches against Albania and France – an apparent show of support for their country’s military offensive in Kurdish-held regions in northern Syria.European football’s governing body prohibits provocative political statements inside stadiums.UEFA said: “An Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to initiate disciplinary investigations with regard to potential provocative political behaviour by players of the national team of the Turkish Football Federation on the occasion of the 2020 European Championship Qualifying Round matches played against the national team of the Football Association of Albania on 11 October 2019 and the national team of the French Football Federation on 14 October 2019, respectively.”last_img

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