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Bulgaria: Fmr football chief Mihaylov says 'Bulgaria is not a racist country'

2 18.10.2019 Инфо

W/S Journalists outside Bulgarian Football Union headquarters, Sofia
M/S Police van
W/S Car arrives at BFU headquarters
M/S Sign 'National Football Center'
M/S People entering centre
W/S Ex-president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihaylov arrives at press conference
SOT, Borislav Mihaylov, ex-president of the Bulgarian Football Union (Bulgarian): "I decided to bring down the pressure with my resignation. So my colleges can continue working calm."
C/U Cameraman *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Borislav Mihaylov, Ex-president of the Bulgarian Football Union (Bulgarian): "On that match we did all the necessary - we paid to all security units, stewards, police. I cannot say those acts were purposely, but it's a fact. And one more thing, a significant role on that hysteria came from England. I wrote two letters - one to the president of the UK football federation, the other to UEFA - defending Bulgaria, Bulgarian people and fans and saying that Bulgaria is not a racist country. Those scenes use to happen much often in other countries."
M/S Journalists *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Borislav Mihaylov, Ex-president of the Bulgarian Football Union (Bulgarian): "I don't feel guilty for the bad results in the Bulgarian football. We have a coach and responsibility of the players. Don't let me explain you what a President of a football federation must do. For me simply arrived the moment that I'm sick and tired." *LOOSE TRANSLATION*
M/S Mihaylov leaves press conference, Sofia
Bulgaria Football Union (BFU) former president Borislav Mihaylov denied Bulgaria is a racist country, while speaking at a press conference in Sofia on Friday, days after his resignation prompted by the racist abuse directed at England players at Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier against England.
Mihaylov said he stepped down in the hope of bringing down the pressure generated in the past week, but said that the scenes of racism witnessed at Sofia's Vasil Levski National Stadium were seen more often in other countries.
Monday's match, which England won 6-0, was halted twice due to the racist behaviour coming from sections of the Bulgarian fans. The episode also prompted the intervention of Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, who called on Mihaylov to quit his post.