Right Wing Demands Answers in Bulgaria-Estonia Rigged Friendly
The Bulgarian right-wing Blue Coalition will be unwavering in demands to fully clarify the case with the notorious football game between Bulgaria's and Estonia's national teams.
Last week FIFA annulled the result of the friendly, played in February 2011, which led to an international sports scandal.
After the disciplinary proceedings opened in March, on Thursday, April 21, FIFA announced that the 2:2 end score is considered void.
The Member of the Parliament, Mihail Mihaylov, says the right wing insists someone assumes full responsibility for the embarrassment over the international scandal, triggering suspicions of black gambling, pointing out the answers must be given by Sports Minister, Svilen Neykov, and the President of the Bulgarian Football Union, Borislav Mihaylov.
A month and a half ago, the MP proposed a joint meeting of the anti-Corruption and Sports Parliamentary Committees to discuss the case where Borislav Mihaylov had to be invited, but the idea never materialized.
At the time, the Bulgarian and Estonian football federations approached the European and world governing bodies after the match ended 2-2 with all four goals coming from the penalty spot. The game was organized by the Thailand-based agency "Footy Sport International", while Russian Sergey Protsenko acted as an intermediary despite not holding a license by a FIFA manager. Hungarian referee Krisztian Selmeczi, who was in charge of both matches, has been suspended in the wake of the scandal.
Also in March, FIFA absolved the Bulgarian Football Union of any suspicions of a possible manipulation and match-fixing.
Because of the annulment of the score of the friendly with Estonia, Bulgaria's national football team will go down one spot in the FIFA ranking where it currently is 45th.
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