Bulgaria’s national soccer team has been ordered by UEFA to play its next home game behind closed doors as punishment for the “racist behavior” of its fans during a Euro 2020 qualifier against England.
The Bulgarian Football Union has also been fined $94,000 (€85,000) for the “racist behavior of its supporters and the throwing of objects” and “causing disturbances during a national anthem.” $83,000 of the fine was for the “racist behavior.”
The disciplinary arm of European football’s governing body also ordered Bulgaria to play a second match behind closed doors. However, that punishment is suspended for a “probationary period” of two years.
Bulgaria’s next Euro 2020 home qualifier is against the Czech Republic on November 17.
The punishment and fine follows UEFA’s investigation into the behavior of some Bulgarian fans during England’s 6-0 victory at the Levski Stadium in Sofia on October 14.
The game was twice temporarily halted in the first half after England debutant Tyrone Mings alerted officials to the abuse being directed at both himself and his fellow black teammates from various parts of ground.
As well as the monkey chanting, some Bulgarian fans made Nazi salutes during the Euro 2020 qualifier.