Cape Town - Bulgaria's prime minister on Tuesday urged the country's football
union president Borislav Mihaylov to resign after a match against
England was twice halted because of racist abuse.
"I urge Borislav
Mihaylov to hand in his resignation immediately!" Prime Minister Boyko
Borisov wrote on Facebook, adding it was "inadmissible that Bulgaria...
is associated with racism and xenophobia".
The Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia, which England won 6-0, was halted after England players were targeted by racist chanting.
said he "categorically condemned the behaviour of some of those present
at the stadium," insisting that EU member Bulgaria was "one of the most
tolerant countries in the world".
Borisov said the government
would sever all ties, including financial, with the Bulgarian Football
Union (BFU) over what he called "a shameful loss" and the overall poor
standing of Bulgarian football until Mihaylov resigned.
manager Gareth Southgate said his side had made a statement by deciding
to complete the match instead of leaving the pitch in the face of the
abuse, calling it "an unacceptable situation".
headed the football federation since 2005. During his time in charge
Bulgaria have failed to qualify for any major tournament.
the game, he had urged UEFA to stop "tensions" after England player
Tammy Abraham said his team was prepared to walk off the pitch if they
faced abuse during Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Mihaylov had said the BFU had made "extreme efforts and measures... to ensure a fair and safe environment".
England captain Harry Kane admitted that he was hurt by the abuse suffered by his team-mates during the game.
"I'm hurt because my friends have to go through it, Kane said. "It's hard to say what the best solution is and it's not just here but happens in other countries as well and we've had it in our own country.
"We have to find the best solution to stamp it out once and for all.