October 16, 2019 / 8:52 AM / a month ago

Soccer-Four detained in Bulgaria over racist chants at England game

Oct 16 (Reuters) - Bulgarian police have detained four people in connection with the racist abuse faced by England’s black players during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia with more arrests likely, the country’s interior ministry said on Wednesday.

England thrashed Bulgaria 6-0 on Monday to hand the hosts their heaviest ever home defeat but the match was marred by a section of home supporters taunting the visiting players with Nazi salutes and monkey chants.

"An operation... is underway to identify and act on people who have committed indecent acts during a football match between the national teams of Bulgaria and England," Bulgaria's Ministry of Interior said on its website here

“So far, four have been detained by the police, whose involvement in the incident is being clarified. Work is still ongoing to identify other participants in the incident. The collected materials will be reported to the prosecutor’s office.”

More arrests were expected on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the interior ministry said. (Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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