İrem UZUN-TDO- Borislav Mihaylov has resigned as president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) after the prime minister, Boyko Borissov, called for him to go because of the “racism and xenophobia” witnessed at Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against England.
Monday's match, which England won 6-0, was stopped twice because of racist behavior by home fans, which included Nazi salutes and monkey chants.A group of Bulgaria supporters wearing black hooded tops - some wearing bandanas covering their faces - started to leave the stadium after the game was halted for a second time. BBC Radio 5 Live reported that some made racist gestures while heading towards the exits.After six minutes of time added at the end of the first half because of the delay, Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov was seen in a heated debate with a section of home supporters near the tunnel while the rest of the players headed for the dressing rooms for half-time.In line with UEFA protocol, England had the option to walk off the pitch but they continued to play the full 90 minutes.
A BFU statement confirming Mihaylov’s resignation said: “It comes after the pressure that has been generated over the past few days; a situation that is not positive for Bulgarian football or the football union itself. After so many years in the position and because of his network of international contacts, Mr. Mihaylov has said he is ready to continue helping Bulgarian football to develop in any way possible”.