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‘Homosexual’ referee lost cup game

PinkNews Staff Writer March 31, 2006

The Nike match ball infront of rainbow flags during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United at Vitality Stadium on February 24, 2018. (Catherine Ivill/Getty)

A Bulgarian football team lost a UEFA cup match because of a “homosexual” referee, according to the Levski Sofia team president.

Todor Batkov called Mike Riley a homosexual after he sent off one of his side’s strikers in an eventual loss to German club Schalke in the quarter finals of the European competition.

Mr Batkov said: “This British homosexual broke the game.”

Mr Riley was blamed after sending off Levski player, Sedrik Bardon, which led to a surrender of their 1-0 lead to finish the game 3-1 down.

The dismissal also shocked Bulgarian sport commentators and was seen as controversial by the head of the Bulgarian football union, Borisslav Mihaylov, he said: “The red card practically doomed the game.”

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