A football player with a foreign passport and with a different skin color will not play in the Bulgarian national team. This was announced by the technical director of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFS), Georgi Ivanov – Gonzo, quoted by the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).
“Only Bulgarians should play in the Bulgarian national team. While I am the director of the national teams, a foreign player, with a foreign passport, with a different skin color will not play in the Bulgarian national team,” Ivanov said at a meeting in Montana with representatives of children’s the junior teams from the regions of Montana, Vidin and Vratsa.
“It is a dignity for all Bulgarians to play for the national team, if they can’t, it affects us. I don’t want footballers from other countries to replace the Bulgarians. In some countries, this can happen, but for me it is a vicious practice”, he further commented Ivanov.
Some time ago he stated that the problem of the national team is the large number of foreigners in the club teams.
In recent months, the Bulgarian Football Union has been trying to withdraw the passports of players with Bulgarian roots who were educated abroad. Such was the case with Sylvester Jasper, whose mother is Bulgarian and whose father is Nigerian. He plays in England, but has made a few appearances for the youth national team.
Ivanov also spoke about the men’s team, which has a goal of qualifying for Euro 2024.
“The goal of the national team at the moment is to qualify for the European Championship. There is nothing to talk about. Some say that this is how I throw a lot of responsibility on the football players – no, no. I have not seen an athlete go to the Olympics and just run around.” .