How Bulgaria’s racist fans could be at Euro 2020 in England as team can still qualify despite being rock bottom of group

BULGARIA'S racist fans have a chance of being in England next summer for the Euro 2020 finals.

The nation ranked 62 in the world are bottom of qualifying Group A without a win from their seven matches.

How Bulgaria’s racist fans could be at Euro 2020 in England as team can still qualify despite being rock bottom of group2 Bulgaria's racist fans could be in England for the Euro 2020 finals next summer

They boast a shocking goal difference of -12 having drawn three and lost four of their matches, including the 6-0 drubbing by England on Monday.

But unbelievably, thanks to Uefa’s mind-boggling play-off system formulated from standings at the Nations League, they still have a route of getting to next summer’s tournament.

The permutations are staggering.

But depending on which teams qualify for Euro 2020 directly, Bulgaria could face Scotland in a "Path C" play-off next March.

WHAT HAPPENED IN SOFIA?

  • Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings were targeted with sick racist abuse
  • Sterling hits back at racists with brilliant Ainsley Harriott GIF tweet
  • Marcus Rashford praises captain Ivelin Popov after he begs fans to stop
  • Bulgaria boss sensationally claims he didn’t hear racist abuse 
  • Mings reveals he first heard racial abuse during warm-up 
  • Bulgarian media tell Gareth Southgate to ‘f*** off’ 
  • England fans sing ‘Who put the ball in the racists’ net?’
  • England go on to win crucial Euros qualification tie 6-0
  • Bulgaria PM tells FA chief to quit over race attack.. and gets backed by Sterling
  • Bulgaria player tells England racist abuse they suffered was ‘pre-planned’
  • Goalkeeper Iliev praises home fans and says England stars overreacted

If Bulgaria defeated the Scots and then won the final, however unlikely given the state of their team, they would end up going into the Euro 2020 finals group which will stage games at Glasgow’s Hampden Park and Wembley next June.

So, Bulgaria would be in England’s group which would again be another potential flash-point with the fans.

Equally, Bulgaria could be put into a more difficult play-off in March and a "Path A" semi-final.

That would see them go up against a much stronger team like Iceland or Switzerland – so they would be certain to lose.

Current Euro 2020 playoff permutations

Path A: Switzerland, Iceland, Bulgaria/Israel/Romania*
Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Wales, Slovakia, Northern Ireland
Path C: Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Bulgaria/Israel/Romania*
Path D: Georgia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus

*Uefa say: "In the current scenario, a draw would decide which of Bulgaria, Israel or Romania would fill the empty slot in Path C, and which two would go into Path A."

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Meanwhile, Bulgaria's FA chief, Borislav Mikhailov, has dramatically resigned after his country's night of racist shame against England.

Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borisov demanded Mikhailov step down this morning after fans racially abused Three Lions stars last night – and Raheem Sterling backed the calls.

Now, the PM has got his wish, with Mikhailov quitting after a section of home fans performed sick monkey chants and Nazi salutes in Sofia.

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