Bulgaria v England: Police arrest four following racist abuse at Euro qualifier


England players leave the pitch during one of the stoppages in Monday’s qualifier

Four Bulgarian football fans suspected of subjecting black England players to racist abuse have been detained following police raids.

England’s 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifier win over Bulgaria in Sofia was stopped twice in the first half following racist chanting by home supporters.

“Work is still ongoing to identify others,” a statement from Bulgaria’s Ministry of the Interior said.

Bulgaria’s football chief Borislav Mikhailov resigned on Tuesday.

The English FA and Uefa have condemned the actions of the ‘ultras’ section of Bulgaria fans, with Aleksander Ceferin, president of the sport’s European governing body, calling for “football family and governments” to “wage war on the racists”.

Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov said after the game he “didn’t hear” any chanting, having previously accused England of having a bigger racism problem.

But Balakov has since posted a statement on Facebook