A fight between police and fans and merciless police violence marred the protest against the Bulgarian Football Union in front of the Vasil Levski national stadium.
Supporters of various teams gathered to demand the resignation of Borislav Mihailov and his management ahead of the Bulgaria-Hungary Euro qualifier, but calls for a peaceful demonstration were not heeded.
The fans gathered at “Gurko” began to target the cordon of policemen with grenades and flares, and the police responded aggressively by turning on a water cannon.
The cannon dispersed the crowd, and then the police began beating people in the crowd with batons. A hot spray was also used.
Many wounded and injured are noticed.
It was from “Gurko” that the fans of CSKA and Levski had gathered, who merged into a common crowd.
Zapalyankovites chanted “Resignation” and offensive qualifications to the Bulgarian Football Union, many banners against Mihailov and the other football leaders were unfurled.
A group of Hungarian ultras also joined the protest.
After the crowd was dispersed, tensions and scenes of violence between police and fans continued on the streets of Sofia.
Despite what is happening outside the stadium, the match between Bulgaria and Hungary has started and there is no tension inside the stadium.
Days before the match, BFS made the match to be in front of empty stands, justifying it with UEFA’s recommendation.