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England fan dies hours before kick off in Sofia

It has been confirmed that an England fan has died whilst out in Sofia hours before the match against Bulgaria was to take place.

Police are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of a 32-year-old man died, having been discovered in the city centre ‘helpless’ at 10am.

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Various reports claim it happened as he was taken to a police station for ‘threatening behaviour’ towards medics.

A spokeswoman for the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior said of the death: “The incident took place at 10am today.

“He is a British citizen, 32 years old, at 10am and he was taken to hospital but he has died and the police are now working to clarify all the circumstances.”

The spokeswoman couldn’t confirm local reports that the person involved had taken drugs before the incident.

She said: “He was found at the centre of the city, in the street. He was found in a helpless condition.”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed another man suffered a broken arm after being involved in a separate incident in the city.

“Our staff are supporting a British man following an incident in Sofia and are in contact with the Bulgarian Police,” the FCO said.


Fans took to give their shocked reaction on social media and also gave their condolences – see those tweets on the next page.


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