Bulgarian supporters had targeted England's black players on Monday in a qualifying match at Euro 2020 in Sofia.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov had called for his "Immediate resignation". He has been granted. The president of his football federation, Borislav Mihaylov, said Tuesday, October 15, he was leaving his post, after the racist cries that disrupted on Monday, the match of qualification to the Euro-2020 between Bulgaria and the England (0-6), in Sofia.
"It is unacceptable that Bulgaria, one of the most tolerant countries in the world is associated with xenophobia, while people of different ethnicities and religions live together in peace", wrote on his Facebook page Mr. Borissov, following the meeting. It also ordered the break of any link, including financial, with the Bulgarian Football Federation, following this "Shameful defeat", until the resignation of Mr. Mihaylov, is effective. Since the latter's arrival at the head of the federation in 2005, Bulgaria has not qualified for any major tournament.
The English Football Federation (FA) has asked UEFA to investigate. The procedure was opened on Tuesday by the Disciplinary Committee of the European "Racist behavior".
London calls for "stiff punishments"
Monday night's game was briefly interrupted twice by the referee in the first half after some of the Vassil-Levski stadium audience verbally attacked defenseman Tyrone Mings and forwards Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling, the black players of the England team.
"It's unacceptable at any level of competition whatsoever", wrote in its statement the English Federation, which claims to be "Sadly aware that this is not the first time (his) players are targeted by this type of insults ».
The appeal launched by the English federation received official support from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. "We support the federation's calls for an urgent investigation followed by stiff punishments", said Downing Street, denouncing racist acts "Ignoble" and calling for retaliation "Farms".