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Consequences of racism acts in Bulgaria revealed

Bulgarian Football Federation president resigns following racism scandal in Euro Qualifier vs England

October 15, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The game was brought to a halt after racist chants were heard against Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings.

The game between England and Bulgaria was tarnished with racist insults aimed at Raheem Sterling, Tyrone Mings, Marcus Rashford and some members of the team's backroom staff. Today, the first consequences of the game have been revealed, as the president of the Bulgarian Football Union, Borislav Mihaylov, has stepped down from his duties.

Football's governing body in Bulgaria shared the news via a brief statement issued on their website.

"Today, the president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihaylov resigned, who will be presented to the members of the Executive Committee at the meeting on Friday. His position is a consequence of the recent tensions; an environment that is detrimental to Bulgarian football and the Bulgarian Football Union," the press release states.

Mihaylov, a former goalkeeper, stepped down from his position after the Prime Minister of Bulgaria criticized their fans' behavior, especially since Bulgaria is a country where "people of different ethnic and religious background peacefully live together."

Mihaylov's resignation was fueled by the fact that political authorities in Bulgaria threatened to withhold government funding if he did not step down. This issue could also force FIFA's intervention, as football's governing body does not allow governments to get involved in the decisions of any football federation.

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

The game between Bulgaria and England was brought to a halt twice during the first half due to racist behavior by fans inside the stadium. The game was allowed to continue following a chat between the game's ref and coach Gareth Southgate, even after FIFA's three-step protocol was triggered twice.

English footballers were not wrong when they discussed potential racist incidents against them in the build-up to the game. Unfortunately, things got out of hand and the former BFU president paid the price for his fans' behavior.

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