Borislav Mihaylov, the president of the Bulgarian Football Union, has resigned after Englands game in Sofia, which was twice halted because of persistent racial abuse from home supporters

Borislav Mihaylov, the president of the Bulgarian Football Union, has resigned after Englands Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday was twice halted because of persistent racial abuse from home supporters.

Mihaylovs letter of resignation will be presented to members of the countrys FA executive committee on Friday.

Less than an hour after Mihaylovs departure had been confirmed more than 20 police officers swept into the BFUs headquarters in Sofia. Sources close to the issue told Reuters that officers had been searching for documents related to some Bulgarian referees.

I can confirm the presence of police officers but I cant provide more details at the moment, a BFU spokeswoman said.

An earlier statement from the BFU regarding Mihaylov read: Today the Bulgarian FA president Borislav Mihaylov has resigned from his position his letter of resignation will be presented to the members of the FAs executive committee at this Fridays meeting.

Mihaylov had said in the buildup to the 6-0 defeat by England that comments by Gareth Southgate and players such as Tammy Abraham about possible racist abuse in Sofia were offensive and derogatory. On Tuesday morning Bulgarias prime minister, Boyko Borissov, called for Mihaylov to resign after the racism from the stands.

The BFU statement added: 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.

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A person leaves the headquarters of the Bulgarian Football Union in Sofia on Tuesday afternoon. Photograph: STR/AP

Meanwhile, the Bulgaria goalkeeper Plamen Iliev has said home fans behaved well during the game, suggesting that Gareth Southgates players overreacted a bit. The Ludogorets player said he had not heard anything, echoing comments made by his manager, Krasimir Balakov.

If I am honest, I believe they [the fans] behaved well today, Iliev said. There wasnt any abuse [as far as I could hear] and I think they [the England players] overreacted a bit. The public was on a good level I didnt hear any bad language used towards their or our players.

Bulgaria have gone a full year now without a win and the defeat by England on Monday night was a sixth game in charge for Balakov without a victory. Bulgaria are bottom of Euro 2020 qualifying group A with three points from seven games.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

 

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