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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 01:23 PM

President of Bulgarian soccer resigns after fan racism, loss

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Criticized around Europe for the racist behavior of Bulgarian fans and under pressure from the country's prime minister following a run of poor results, the president of the country's soccer federation resigned on Tuesday.

A few hours later, Bulgarian special police forces raided the federation offices. It was unclear what they were looking for.

Borislav Mihailov, a former national team goalkeeper who reached the World Cup semifinals in 1994 and served as president for 14 years, will present his resignation to the federation's executive committee on Friday, the soccer body said in a statement.

The decision comes one day after Bulgaria lost to England 6-0 in a European Championship qualifying game that was halted twice as fans in Sofia made Nazi salutes and directed monkey noises at the black players on the visiting team.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov condemned the racist behavior.

"It is unacceptable that Bulgaria, one of the most tolerant countries in the world where people of different ethnicities live in peace, to be associated with racism and xenophobia," Borissov wrote in a post on Facebook.


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