Why are Bulgarian football fans racist

Incidents of racism: Bulgarian football fans arrested

The men are suspected to have been involved in the derailments in the stadium. We are looking for three more fans. This was announced by the Bulgarian police during an action to determine who was responsible for the incidents of racism on Monday evening in the Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia. The action should go on.

During the game in Sofia, the English internationals Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings were attacked with monkey sounds from the stands. In addition, some spectators showed the Hitler salute.

Head of state Rumen Radew warned against drawing conclusions about the whole country after the racist derailments of Bulgarian football fans: "It is extremely unpleasant that Bulgaria, which has saved 50,000 Jews, is now portrayed through racism," Radev said in Sofia. He was referring to the refusal of the then Kingdom of Bulgaria, allied with Germany, to extradite its Jews in March 1943.

Radew called for “draconian measures” against football hooligans. The majority of those arrested are members of radical fan clubs of soccer teams, the police said. The results of the action are to be presented to the Public Prosecutor in Sofia.

Because of the events, the President of the Bulgarian Football Association, Borisslav Michailow, resigned on October 15 at the request of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissow. Shortly afterwards, a police check began at the association headquarters in Boyana near Sofia on suspicion of corruption.