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Bulgarian football needs a complete change, not just the overthrow of the president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFS) Borislav Mihailov. This was said by Stiliyan Petrov, who is part of Dimitar Berbatov’s team, leading the opposition.
According to Petrov Borislav Mihailov, he has no intention of leaving BFS.
“Borislav Mihailov has no intention of leaving BFS,” Petrov told BBC. “Three years ago, we made many warnings about how to proceed, and after yesterday’s executive committee, we saw that the people who have been in charge for 18 years have not changed their thinking and these processes.”
On Wednesday, the executive committee of the BFS convened an extraordinary congress for March 15, 2024, the reason for which was the resignation of Borislav Mihailov.
Later, however, it became clear that the executive committee refused to submit documents for the vice president Mihail Kasabov to be entered in the Commercial Register as acting president. This was revealed by the member of the executive committee Petar Velichkov and stated that “the goal is for Borislav Mihailov to remain in power”.
“Yesterday it was voted not to register Mikhail Kasabov as president. This means that Borislav Mihailov continues and wants to be president,” added Petrov.
He urged the clubs to vote for change so that football can start to develop.
“The fate of Bulgarian football is in the hands of the clubs. If they want this decline to continue, we will be left behind our neighbors, not to mention the global football landscape.”
“We as a whole need to change Bulgarian football – the way of thinking. We are amortized. We need to change the whole system, not just Borislav Mihailov,” Petrov said.
The former player, who holds the record for matches for the Bulgarian national team (105), is part of Dimitar Berbatov’s team, which has long been calling for change in Bulgarian football. The two have already appeared at a football union congress in 2021, when Berbatov was a candidate, but Borislav Mihailov defeated him by 241 votes to 230.
“What the next president of Bulgarian football will find is something scary. Let it not become like Romania, where there were prisons and arrests for match-fixing. Four years later, they are at a much higher level.”
Petrov announced that the people who manage football “work for personal interests”. “Amateur football has lost BGN 7 million.”