Bulgaria charged with racism and Nazi salutes as UEFA open disciplinary proceedings into England clash1 min read


In the wake of the Three Lions’ Group A win, which was marred by racism from home supporters, the sport’s European governing body is investigating.

UEFA have confirmed that they have opened disciplinary proceedings against both England and Bulgaria in the wake of the former’s victory in Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifying clash.

Gareth Southgate’s side emerged as heavy 6-0 winners at Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia, but the game was heavily overshadowed by racism from sections of the home crowd in Sofia.

The game was twice brought to a halt in the first half before being resumed, with the resulting storm of controversy leading to the resignation of the Bulgaria Football Union’s president Borislav Mihaylov.

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In a statement, UEFA confirmed that they were initiating proceedings against both the BFU and the Football Association following the Group A clash, with the former being charged with four breaches, while the latter have been charged with two.

Both teams have been cited for disrupting their respective national anthems, while Bulgaria have also been charged with racist behaviour and for throwing objects.

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The BFU and FA have also been charged with separate breaches of the UEFA Safety and Security Regulations.

“Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA European Qualifiers match between Bulgaria and England (0-6), played on 14 October,” read an official statement from the governing body.

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