Bulgaria v England racism: Bulgarian prime minister calls for football chief to resign

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England players and officials considered leaving the field but chose to stay on in Sofia

The Bulgarian prime minister has called for the head of the country’s football association to resign after England players were racially abused in a European qualifier in Sofia on Monday.

The match was halted twice because of racist behaviour by home fans.

Prime minister Boyko Borissov has asked his sports minister to suspend all relations with the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), “including financial ones”, until Borislav Mihaylov resigns.

England won the qualifier 6-0.

Before the match, BFU president Mihaylov, a former Reading goalkeeper, had complained to Uefa about “unjust branding” after the build-up was overshadowed by fears England’s players could be subjected to abuse.

More to follow.

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