The European qualifier Bulgaria – Hungary on November 16 will be played at the “Hristo Botev” stadium in Plovdiv, instead of the “Vasil Levski” stadium. And it will pass in front of empty stands. This is stated by the BFS in an official announcement.
The reason is the protest prepared by the biggest fan clubs in Bulgaria during the match. They announced their intention at the end of last month, preparing an unprecedented merger, the aim of which was to demand changes in football – first and foremost by changing the power in its management.
However, it will not come to that, not in this match. A scheme was even drawn up for which fans to sit where.
The BFS information states that “due to signals of imminent mass riots and the serious danger to public order, the headquarters’ experts requested formal opinions from the Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Metropolitan Directorate of Internal Affairs and the Bulgarian Football Union”.
This is how it came to the recommendation, which will obviously be followed.
Here is what the BFS reports:
“The European Football Headquarters sent an official letter to the Bulgarian Football Union recommending that the qualification for EURO 2024 between Bulgaria and Hungary, scheduled for November 16, be moved to the Hristo Botev Stadium in Plovdiv. The reason for this is the high risk assessment after analysis by the UEFA Security and Safety Department.
Due to signals of imminent mass riots and the serious danger to public order, the headquarters’ experts requested formal opinions from the Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Metropolitan Directorate of Internal Affairs and the Bulgarian Football Union, and after additional communication with the Hungarian Football Federation, the decision was reached by the European qualification to be held on November 16, Thursday, at 19:00, at the “Hristo Botev” stadium in Plovdiv, behind closed doors.
The earlier time of the match is in line with the travel schedule of the guests from Hungary, who will leave for their homeland immediately after the match.”
Thus, our national team will play their two last matches, which are only for prestige for them, without an audience. Due to the punishment of Serbia, the last match in Leskovac is also behind closed doors.
The difference is, at least teenagers from children’s and youth schools can watch it live there. It is not clear whether in the end such an option can be reached in Plovdiv as well.
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