15th October, 2019
The jubilation following the whopping 6-0 win England over Bulgaria have been seriously dented by an incident reportedly involving an England football fan who has been found dead in the center of Sofia, Bulgaria ahead of Monday evening’s European Championships qualifier between the two countries.
According to a report, the man was found at 10 o’clock in the morning on a street in the city center in a ‘helpless condition’, whereupon he was taken to the hospital to no avail.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior said: “The incident took place at 10 a.m. today. He is a British citizen, 32 years old, at 10 a.m. and he was taken to hospital but he has died and the police are now working to clarify all the circumstances.”
It is understood that the incident is unconnected to an attack from a group of locals on a Three Lions supporter, who left the altercation with a broken arm.
The spokeswoman couldn’t confirm local reports claiming the deceased fan had taken drugs, but added that, “he was found at the center of the city, in the street…in a helpless condition.”
Meanwhile The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have been unable to verify the death, though they did confirm that another fan had been injured in a ‘separate incident’.
In a statement of their own, they explained: “Our staff are supporting a British man following an incident in Sofia and are in contact with the Bulgarian Police.”
This comes just a few days after a number of England fans were involved in high-profile clashes with police in Prague, Czech Republic, following the team’s unexpected 2-1 loss at the Sinobo Stadium.
Meanwhile. a spokesperson for Bulgaria’s Ministry of Interior said that a 32-year-old man had died and that the police are investigating the incident.
The cause of death has yet to be identified. The spokesperson added that police officers had found a man in “a helpless condition” in Sofia’s city center.
The unnamed man was said to be acting “aggressively, raging and threatening” at around 10 a.m. on Monday morning, ahead of the match in the Bulgarian capital. Police officers took him to hospital. The statement further stated that;
“He was a foreign national, from Britain, and he was taken to hospital but he sadly died,” the spokesperson added.
“Police are working to clarify all the circumstances in the incident. There is no further detail on any injuries. A forensic examination will find out what the cause of death was.”
As at the time of the incidence, England was preparing to play against Bulgaria in a match on Monday night.
In a similar incidence, British supporters were some days earlier involved in violent clashes with police in Prague on Friday, before England’s 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic.
“We are supporting the family of a British man who died following an incident in Sofia and our staff are in contact with the UK and Bulgarian authorities,” a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson told reporters.