FIFA to add to UEFA’s punishment for racist chants during Bulgaria vs England qualifier


The Bulgaria – England game in Sofia on 13 October had to be stopped twice as English players were met with racist chanting and Nazi salutes by Bulgarian fans. England went on to win the Euro 2020 qualifier 6-0.

FIFA may extend worldwide any penalties that a “Confederation or Member Association imposes for racist incidents, such as those which occurred in Sofia during the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier match between Bulgaria and England”, the organisation said in a statement.

“FIFA, therefore, expects to be informed as soon as practicable regarding the relevant decisions of the UEFA disciplinary bodies in relation to this particular case. This would allow any sanctions imposed to be extended worldwide”, the statement said.
Earlier in the day, Bulgaria’s Football Union President Borislav Mihaylov submitted his resignation following the scandal after the country’s Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev urged for his resignation.

England Football Association Chairman Greg Clarke, who was present at the game, called it “one of the most appalling nights” he had ever witnessed.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, in turn, called for all football governing bodies to think of “more effective ways to eradicate racism in football”.

England beat Bulgaria 6-0 in the Euro 2020 qualifier match in Sofia. The game was, however, halted twice over the racist behaviour of some home fans, who chanted racial slurs and made Nazi salutes. Some of them also held up a shirt with the caption “No Respect”, a reference to the equality and anti-racism campaign of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).