Bulgaria vs England racism: Six men detained after racist abuse during Euro 2020 qualifier

The director of the Sofia police department stated that an investigation is ongoing to identify other suspects

Angel Krasimirov
Wednesday 16 October 2019 10:53
Gareth Southgate reacts to England win over Bulgaria

Bulgarian police said on Wednesday they had detained six people in connection with the racist abuse faced by England’s black players during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia with more arrests likely.

England thrashed Bulgaria football 6-0 on Monday to hand the hosts their heaviest ever home defeat but the match was marred by a section of home supporters taunting the visiting players with Nazi salutes and monkey chants.

“Six people were detained so far and we’re searching for three more as we have collected evidence about their involvement in the incidents,” Senior Commissioner Georgi Hadzhiev, director of the Sofia police department, said.

Hadzhiev added that the operation was still underway and they were trying to identify more suspects.

The match on Monday at the Vasil Levski stadium was temporarily halted by the Croatian referee under a three-step protocol devised by European soccer governing body UEFA.

Uefa said it had opened disciplinary proceedings against Bulgaria on a number of charges including racist behaviour and the throwing of objects.


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