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Five Bulgaria fans arrested for vile racist rants and Nazi salutes at England match

FIVE Bulgarian fans have been arrested for racially abused England players in Monday night's Euro 2020 qualifier, it is reported.

Cops swooped after tracking down fans accused of targeting Three Lions players during the match in Sofia, which England won 6-0.


A police operation to hunt down racist fans accused of racially abusing England players is ongoing, with more supporters being hunted by cops, according to Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).

England's players were subjected to vile racist abuse during the game and now European football's governing body have taken action.

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body but the date of the meeting is yet to be confirmed.

England have also been charged with two offences.

The Three Lions face charges of disrupting the national anthem and insufficient number of travelling stewards.

Bulgaria are believed to be looking at a potential two-match ground closure and a fine in the region of £70,000.

While England are likely to be given a warning or a small fine over their charges.

Bulgarian Football Association boss Borislav Mikhailov dramatically resigned after his country's night of racist shame.

Just hours after Mikhailov's resignation, police raided the Bulgarian FA's headquarters.

Charges against Bulgarian Football Union

 – Racist behaviour (chants, Nazi salutes) – Art. 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)

– Throwing of objects – Art. 16 (2) (b) DR

– Disruption of national anthem – Art. 16 (2) (g) DR

– Replays on giant screen – Art. 42 of the UEFA Safety and Security Regulations

Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borisov demanded Mikhailov step down this morning after fans racially abused Three Lions stars last night – and Raheem Sterling backed the calls.

The PM got his wish when Mikhailov quit – after a section of home fans performed sick monkey chants and Nazi salutes.

An official statement on the Bulgaria FA website read: "After many years spent in the post and with his many contacts at a high international level, Mr Mikhailov expresses his firm readiness to continue to help the development of Bulgarian football in every way possible."

Earlier in the day, Bulgaria's Minister for Sport, Krasen Kralev, revealed the Bulgarian PM had vowed to cut all ties with national football bosses unless Mikhailov quit.

Charges against the English FA

– Disruption of national anthem – Art. 16 (2) DR

– Insufficient number of travelling stewards – Art. 24 (2) of the UEFA Safety and Security Regulations

 

WHAT HAPPENED IN SOFIA?

  • Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings were targeted with sick racist abuse
  • Sterling hits back at racists with brilliant Ainsley Harriott GIF tweet
  • Bulgaria boss sensationally claims he didn’t hear racist abuse 
  • Mings reveals he first heard racial abuse during warm-up 
  • Bulgaria PM tells FA chief to quit over race attack.. and gets backed by Sterling
  • Bulgaria player tells England racist abuse they suffered was ‘pre-planned’

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