A Bulgarian court has ruled in favour of former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov, by enforcing his claim for fresh FA presidential elections in the country next month.
Berbatov, 40, has pledged to clean up Bulgarian football following the racist abuse of England players in Sofia two years ago, which saw the Euros qualifier twice halted to deliver warnings to the crowd.
The current Bulgarian FA president, Borislav Mihaylov, will stand again in opposition to Berbatov after initially resigning from the post and then reinstating himself in the top job in April this year.
He was critical of Southgate and the English media in the wake of the trouble in Sofia, saying Bulgarian football fans had been wrongly labelled as racists. Since then, he has consistently opposed Berbatov’s attempts to oust him from power.
In response to the court ruling, Berbatov has said: “We’ve already informed UEFA and FIFA about the [court’s] decision.
“If the FA doesn’t want to organise the election, we will be the ones to do it. I hope that UEFA will also send their representatives.”