Bulgaria’s biggest footballing legend and their best player ever, Hristo Stoichkov, slammed into Bulgarian fans and called for harsh punishment.
After an embarrassing display by Bulgaria fans racially abusing the English players, the whole world reacted to the event.
However, one of the most outspoken was the Bulgarian Hristo Stoichkov himself.
The legendary Barcelona striker talked to TUDN programme Futbol Central, saying:
“People don’t deserve to suffer.”
Stoichkov also called for harsh punishment for the national team, adding:
“That fans are not allowed in the stadium, or even heavier punishments, like in England a few years ago.”
On the other end, the Bulgarian manager, Balakov, went back on his denial of the chants. Instead, he sent an apology to all English players, saying:
“I would like to say very clearly: since there were cases of racial discrimination in Sofia, I would like to sincerely apologise to the English footballers and to all those who felt offended,” he said.
Hopefully, this prompts action from UEFA to deal with racial abuse more seriously in the future.
It’s obvious that they aren’t doing enough, and for the sake of football and humanity, it has to change immediately.
England players did their part by thrashing Bulgarians on the pitch in a big 6-0 win for the Three Lions.