Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Bulgaria handed two-match supporter ban

Bulgaria to play game behind closed doors

Bulgaria have been ordered by UEFA to play their next home international match behind closed doors after the racism storm that engulfed the national side following their recent Euro 2020 qualifier against England, with a second fixture potentially to follow should the behaviour of fans not improve.

Additionally, the Bulgarian FA has been hit with a €75,000 (£65,000/$83,000) fine for the racist behaviour of their supporters during the 6-0 defeat.

The fixture was twice stopped by referee Ivan Bebek and would have been abandoned had the official been forced to intervene again.

Nevertheless, Bulgaria were summoned by UEFA to answer for their fans, with European football's governing body issuing the following statement on Tuesday: "The Bulgarian Football Union [is] to play behind closed doors the next two matches that will be played by its A representative team as host association in a UEFA competition, the second of which being suspended during a probationary period of two years as from the date of the present decision, for the racist behaviour of its supporters.

President of European football's governing body, Aleksander Ceferin, pledged to "wage war on racists" after the game, while president of the Bulgaria Football Union (BFU), Borislav Mihaylov, and Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov resigned, with the latter initially courting controversy as he claimed he did not hear or see the supporters' misbehaviour before later apologising on their behalf.


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