England and Bulgaria, both have been charged by the UEFA following various incidents occurred in the game which England eventually ran out 6-0 winners. The game was halted in the first half itself when racial chants were heard directed towards the English players.
Learn more about UEFA's three-step procedure to empower referees to act against racism...— UEFA (@UEFA) October 15, 2019
The aftermath of the Euro 2020 qualifiers game, which took place in Sofia, Bulgaria on Tuesday saw the president of Bulgaria's Football Association Borislav Mihaylov hand his resignation after the nation's prime minister Boyko Borissov, released a statement demanding the same. Boris Johnson also joined hands with the anti-racism campaigners and requested UEFA to take strong action addressing the incident.
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin underlines the commitment of European football’s governing body to tackle racism...— UEFA (@UEFA) October 15, 2019
UEFA has now released a statement which reads, 'Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA European Qualifiers match between Bulgaria and England (0-6), played on 14 October'. Bulgarian Football Union has been charged for four incidents for racist behaviour, throwing of objects as well as disruption of the national anthem. The FA has also been handed two charges namely for disruption of the national anthem and for insufficient numbers of travelling stewards. The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body with the date of the meeting yet to be confirmed.
I strongly condemn the conduct of some of the fans at the stadium #BULENG It is unacceptable that Bulgaria which is one of the most tolerant states in the world and where people of different ethnic and religious background peacefully live together should be associated with racism— Boyko Borissov (@BoykoBorissov) October 15, 2019
Several players including the Bulgarian captain Ivelin Popov, came forward in support of the war that has been waged against racism by the global footballing community. However, some players like Plamen Iliev, the Bulgarian goalkeeper felt that it was an overreaction by the English players after the English captain Harry Kane and manager Gareth Southgate registering several complaints during the game. However, several fans were escorted out of the stadium, which shows that the incidents were not tolerable and such condemnation is expected.
Is this guy for real? The way the team stuck together last night was unreal but we can't ignore what happened. The racism has gotta stop. https://t.co/9HMTgG5wrp— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) October 15, 2019