Five more arrested for racist abuse in an England match in Bulgaria

Sofia, Oct. 18 (AFP) Five other Bulgarian soccer fans were arrested for participating in racist abuses in a 2020 Euro Cup tie against England that sparked a storm of protests, the Interior Ministry announced Friday.

The songs of the monkeys and the Nazi greetings apparent during Monday's match in Sofia overshadowed England's 6-0 victory, which sparked outrage in the world of football and led to the resignation of the Bulgarian football boss.

Police have identified 16 people suspected of being involved in racist abuse, the minister said.

Five more men involved in the abusive actions were arrested this morning ... Police continue to work to locate five more to stop them, the ministry said.

A Bulgarian teenager was already accused of serious vandalism on Wednesday, risking a prison sentence of up to five years, while another five, including a minor, received fines and bans on sporting events.

Monday's game stopped twice during the first half due to abuse, but England players decided to complete the game instead of leaving the field.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov condemned the incident.

Under pressure from Borisov, the head of the Bulgarian football federation, Borislav Mihaylov, submitted his resignation, which will be discussed at a meeting of the organization's executive committee on Friday night.

Bulgarian national team coach Krasimir Balakov, who was also criticized for the poor performance of his team, apologized to England fans.

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Bulgaria and England for the behavior of their fans during the game.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino also pressed Thursday for a worldwide ban on spectators who abuse black footballers. A total of 48 football fans have been subject to one or two-year bans from attending sporting events in Bulgaria and abroad, fines and community work since the beginning of this year, police statistics for EU members show . (AFP) APA APA

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