September 4 – The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) have launched an incentivised educational and good behaviour campaign for fans attending Bulgarian national team games in the upcoming international window.
Bulgaria play a friendly at home against Iran on Thursday before meeting Macedonia in Euro 2024 qualifying next Sunday.
The campaign, title ‘Bulgaria for an example’, will see the BFU donate BGN 5,000 (€2,500) to charity after each match in which the Bulgarian fans demonstrate good behaviour.
The BFU said in a statement:
“The initiative ‘Bulgaria for an example’ will start during the friendly game with Iran on September 7 at the Hristo Botev stadium in Plovdiv and will continue in all home matches of the ‘Lions” from now on,” said the BFU.
Fans have to demonstrate “correct” behaviour, which the BFU defines as not displaying “prohibited symbols, chants or actions subject to sanctions by international institutions”.
The first charity donations will “be related to the tragic incident in Ruse, where two children were struck by lightning during training on the local Danube”, said the BFU.
“The goal of the entire project is to create the most positive and safe atmosphere possible at the matches of the Bulgarian national team and to encourage sportsmanship and correct behavior in the stands, while at the same time supporting various campaigns for the benefit of the most needy.”
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