Bulgaria teen indicted over racist abuse in England match

Bulgaria teen indicted over racist abuse in England match

Sofia - If found guilty, he could face up to five years in jail



By AFP

Published: Thu 17 Oct 2019, 11:03 PM

Last updated: Fri 18 Oct 2019, 1:05 AM

A Bulgarian teenager was indicted for "grave hooliganism" while four others were fined and received stadium bans over racist abuse at a Euro 2020 qualifier against England, officials said on Thursday.
Monkey chants and apparent Nazi salutes during Monday's match in Sofia sparked a storm of protest that overshadowed England's 6-0 win and led to the resignation of Bulgaria's football chief.
Thanks to CCTV footage from the national stadium, Sofia police have so far identified nine suspects in the stands, part of a group of black-clad fans, who directed the abuse at England's players. Six of them were detained on Wednesday. 
"One 18-year-old was indicted late Wednesday for grave hooliganism and ordered detained in custody for 72 more hours," Sofia regional prosecution spokeswoman Nevena Zartova said.
According to the indictment, the man used obscene hand gestures and Nazi salutes and turned his back to the field and pulled down his trousers twice.
If found guilty, he could face up to five years in jail. 
 


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