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Bulgaria FA chief Mihailov resign after England racism scandal

Borislav Mihailov has resigned from his role as Bulgarian Football Union president in the wake of his scandal that has engulfed the national team following their 6-0 defeat to England.

Play had to be stopped twice in the first half owing to racist chants coming from the home terraces during the Euro 2020 qualifier.

A statement released by the FA read: “Today the Bulgarian FA president Borislav Mihaylov has resigned from his position – his letter of resignation will be presented to the members of the FA’s Executive Committee at this Friday’s meeting.

Several spectators left the stadium during a second, more prolonged, stoppage shortly before half-time.

A statement released by the FA read: “Today the Bulgarian FA president Borislav Mihailov has resigned from his position – his letter of resignation will be presented to the members of the FA’s Executive Committee at this Friday’s meeting.

Meanwhile, the Bulgarian FA’s offices have been raided by 30 uniformed officers from the country’s State Security Council. The purpose of the operation is yet to be announced although sources close to the issue say officers have been searching for documents related to some Bulgarian referees.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin also spoke out on Tuesday, urging the ‘football family’ to ‘wage war on the racists’ following the abuse suffered by the likes of Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford on Monday.  

“After many years spent in the post and with his many contacts at a high international level, Mr. Mihailov expresses his firm readiness to continue helping in the development of Bulgarian football in every possible way.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Mihailov faced calls from the country’s Prime Minister to step down from his post.

In a statement Boyko Borisov said: “I urge Borislav Mihailov to immediately resign as president of the Bulgarian Football Union! “After yesterday’s shameful loss of the Bulgarian national team and in view of the poor results of our football, I ordered the minister [of youth and sports] Krasen Kralev to terminate any relations with the Bulgarian Football Union, including financial ones, until Borislav Mihailov’s resignation.

“I also strongly condemn the behaviour of some of those present at the stadium.

“It is unacceptable that Bulgaria, which is one of the most tolerant countries in the world, and [where] people of different ethnicities and religions live in peace, [is] associated with racism and xenophobia.”

Bulgaria, who were already playing in a partially closed stadium as a consequence of UEFA sanctions, find themselves at the foot of Euro 2020 qualifying Group A with just three points, having failed to win any of their seven qualifiers to date.

They will attempt to end a 12-match winless streak, dating back to October 2018, when they play their final qualifier at home against the Czech Republic on November 11.

The events of England’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria on Monday night: 

  • The game was halted TWICE as home fans abuse black players, brandish ‘No Respect’ shirts and make Nazi salutes in planned racist onslaught
  • Tyrone Mings reveals vile chants started before kick-off in Bulgaria
  • Marcus Rashford praises ‘courage’ of Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov for appealing to fans at half-time to stop racist taunting of England players
  • England boss Gareth Southgate considered taking his players off the pitch against Bulgaria as FA chairman Greg Clarke condemns racist taunting
  • Ian Wright says England players taking action against racism made him ‘feel really good’
  • Raheem Sterling calls out Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov for saying England have a bigger racism problem than his own country and posts funny Ainsley Harriott meme in response to Piers Morgan hailing his performance in face of vile racist abuse
  • UEFA will use evidence from specialist ‘spotters’ in the crowd and TV footage to prosecute after Bulgarian fans’ appalling racist taunts 
  • Bulgaria’s prime minister called on the president of their FA to quit over the racist incidents
  • FA president then handed in his resignation and has stepped down from his position as football chief 
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