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UPDATED: 12:11, April 02, 2006
FA complained to UEFA about Levski's abuse
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The England Football Association (FA) has complained to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) after Levski Sofia president Todor Batkov called British referee Mike Riley "British homosexual", reported BTA news agency on Saturday.

"Mike is one of this country's top officials, hence his appointment by UEFA for such a prestigious quarter-final tie. The subsequent comments by the Levski Sofia president are deeply offensive and we have decided to report it to UEFA," said Neale Barry, FA's head of refereeing, in a statement issued to UEFA.

"And the crude comment of Batkov has caused Riley to report to UEFA the totally unacceptable racist abuse at Schalke's black man player Gerald Asamoah by Levski fans as well," Barry said too.

The Bulgarian club may now face double punishment after the two serious complaints.

The FA complaint came just one day after Levski issued a complaint about the wrong judgement by Riley to UEFA.

Pulling a second yellow card against Levski's Sedrik Bardon shocked the Bulgarian, most of whom insisted that the English referee had committed a big mistake, which eventually changed the result of the match.

In a dramatic match of 1/4 final of UEFA Cup on March 30 between Levski and Schalke 04 that started with an early lead for Levski, Riley sent off forward Sedrik Bardon and seemed to turn the tide against the "blue". Levski lost the game 1-3 after three goals by Gustavo Varela, Lincoln, and Gerald Asamoah in the second half.

"This British homosexual broke the game," were Todor Batkov's exact words describing Riley after the clash.

Source: Xinhua

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