Bulgarian FA president urges UEFA to punish England if the players leave the pitch
- The Three Lions are set to visit Bulgaria for Euro-2020 qualifiers.
- Sofia is known for past racial abuse incidents.
- Bulgaria FA chief Borislav Mihaylov urges UEFA to punish England if players leave the pitch.
- A three-step procedure has to be followed, Mihaylov concludes.
The president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihaylov continues his dubious agenda urging UEFA to punish England if the players decide to walk away.
"Please find attached references to articles in worldwide media platforms in which various players from the England national team openly discuss the possibilities of breaking the UEFA three-step procedure, and all UEFA protocols and walking off the pitch in the case of discriminatory behaviour in the team's upcoming European qualifiers against the Czech Republic and particularly against Bulgaria,' he wrote in his letter to UEFA.
"This idea, if executed, should be punishable according to the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.
"I, as president of the Bulgarian Football Union, cannot allow for such derogatory claims to continue being spread in the mass media and I strongly suggest that the UEFA administration take measures against the build-up of unnecessary tension in the weeks devoted to equality and to the celebration of football."
UEFA insists that a three-step procedure that must be followed if there are racist chants from the stands. First, the referee should be notified, then appeal over the PA system should be made. Then a temporary suspension to the game should be issued.
If nothing works, the officials and players are allowed to abandon the match.
Abraham has earlier revealed that England players are prepared to forego the procedure: "We’ve had meetings about it [racist abuse from the crowd] and we’ve touched base on how to deal with the situation. Harry Kane even said that if it happens and we’re not happy with it, we all come off the pitch together.
Moreover, Chelsea striker has been backed by Liverpool's Alexander-Arnold who openly supported Tammy and urged the team to walk away as one if the racist abuse takes place.
Unfortunately for our players, Sofia has already been at the center of the racism controversy in Bulgaria's qualifiers against the Czechs and Kosovo in June. Moreover, UEFA made sure 5000 seats of the 46,000 at the Vasil Levski stadium will be closed after Bulgarian fans were involved in racist behaviour during qualifying matches against the Czech Republic and Kosovo back in June.
Lamps will have greater cause for pride after Tammy's England debut: