Back in October, England faced the Bulgarian national football team at the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia. However, the match was marked by demonstrations of vile racism, monkey chants, and paid football hooligans who, by all means, were at the stadium with the initial goal to disrupt the whole game. But this is not the first time the Bulgarian audience showed such disrespect towards foreign players and teams. During the European Championship qualifier in 2011, for instance, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) was fined due to racist behaviour from fans towards some of the English players again. Two years later, the Bulgarian football club Levski Sofia was fined almost 20000 euros after fans held up banners with swastikas and another wishing Hitler a happy birthday. Unfortunately, despite the many sanctions and warnings towards the Bulgarian league in the past, racism still continues to be a very deeply rooted problem.
As if reaching its peak, the racist taunts during the Bulgaria v England Euro 2020 qualifier managed to upset the global civil society. The match was halted twice in the first half after football players from the English team reported about racist insults that appeared to be directed at black players like Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings. The warning in the 28th-minute was followed by a pause of the match in the 43rd minute when part of the fans in B sector left the stadium. The scandal that obviously violated UEFA’s anti-discrimination and anti-racism campaign was followed by global media outreach and led to a number of critical observations and commentaries from professional footballers, members of UEFA executive committee, football clubs, journalists, and even politicians.
“We can confirm that England players were subjected to abhorrent racist chanting while playing the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria. This is unacceptable at any level of the game and our immediate focus is supporting the players and staff involved. As we are sadly aware, this is not the first time our players have been subjected to this level of abuse and there is no place for this kind of behaviour in society, let alone in football. We will be asking UEFA to investigate it as a matter of urgency,” the English Football Association (FA) points out.
Following these unpleasant events, the President of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), Borislav Mihaylov, officially quit. He stepped down after the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov, called for him and wrote on his Facebook page: “I urge Borislav Mihaylov to immediately resign as president of the Bulgarian Football Union! It is unacceptable for Bulgaria, which is one of the most tolerant countries in the world – and people of different ethnicities and religions live in peace – to be associated with racism and xenophobia.”
Boyan Naydenov with the ex-president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihailov
Later on, shortly after the confirmation of Mihaylov’s resignation, more than 20 police officers raided the BFU headquarters in Sofia. According to the Bulgarian chief prosecutor’s spokeswoman, the investigation links the former President of BFU with corruption offences, appointment of referees on football matches, and other major crimes against sport.
But the resignation of Borislav Mihaylov was just the tip of the iceberg. After the racist insults against the British football nationals, the scandal has now deepened. For a long time, there has been a certain link between football and organised crime in Bulgaria. Quite often, football hooligans act under the pressure imposed on them by external influential forces. They are many cases when football hooliganism has been employed on purpose in order to provoke and cause chaos during matches. And this might be the case here as well. Suspecting a background scenario, the special forces investigated the sponsors as well. Which led to a series of events that are unlikely to be simply coincidental.
As special forces were assembled, they inspected the possibility of one of the biggest gambling bosses in the country – Stefan Naydenov – to stay behind the incident. Despite UEFA’s network of informers across Europe working on clamping down on the problem with match fixing, the series of sport manipulations seem to be orchestrated pretty well by the gambling boss. He is not only accused of various manifestations of sport corruption but different sources also report that Naydenov acquired no other but Mario Kostrukov – the former head of the BFU’s Department that fights match-fixing.
Cvetomir Naydenov in from of the National Palace of Justice
Along with his sons, Boyan Naydenov and Cvetomir Naydenov, he runs one of the largest gambling companies in East Europe – Efbet. The trademark is owned by “Brobet LTD”, and is among the main sponsors of football in Bulgaria. Just recently it was involved in a huge scandal that revealed a good number of violations of the Gambling Law in Bulgaria as well as of the Limitation on Cash Payments Act (LCPA) done systematically by Efbet owners.
After continuous investigation on the matter, agents from the State Agency for National Security (SANS) stormed the headquarters of Efbet on October 4th. The Bulgarian media published tons of information on the subject, linking the Naydenov family to corruption, money laundering, and other financial crimes. In addition, according to unofficial information from the services, the names of the bookmaker’s owners were also linked to people who are part of organized crimes and corruption not only in Bulgaria but in other European countries too. Yet, the Efbet saga did not end here.
Cvetomir Naydenov supporting his favorite team with Hooligans
Roughly a month after the SANS raid, in a new secret investigation conducted by authorities in Malta on Romanian and Bulgarian connection to money laundering, the names of the Naydenov family and their gambling company stood out. Similar investigations on “Brobet” also took part in Greece, Romania, and Italy. And while information from the Maltese police highlighted that the Bulgarians are linked with the Italian Mafia in Sicily and Milan, some British and Greek journalists underlined that Stefan Naydenov and his sons were part of corruption schemes, financial frauds, and tax evasion. What is more, the British media reported that the gambling boss Stefan Naydenov was part of the communist secret services in his country. He operated under the pseudonym “Nikolov” and was recruited by the State Security Officer Kr. Krastev back in 1980.
The two Naydenov Brothers with their Father Stefan also known as Agent Nikolov
In light of these events, some Bulgarian journalists suggested that Stefan Naydenov and his sons Boyan and Cvetomir Naydenov invested a significant amount of their undeclared profits in real estates in Greece as well as Italy.
Four Things Only A Rummy Player Knows Better
Online rummy is one of the most sought game among youngsters these days. Despite heavy competition from the likes of action games like PubG, Fortnite, online rummy has held on to its own and has been steadily growing. Online rummy companies infact has registered highest growth rates in the gaming industry growing at an astounding growth rate of 50%.
As the game is deeply rooted in the Indian culture and milieu, rummy had little trouble in getting accomadated in the online sphere. Ever since then, there’s no looking back. Online ecosystem expanded rummy’s territory and the game is now available in several places where it wasn’t known earlier. The online avtar made rummy even more interesting and convenient. An interesting blend of fun, entertainment, and thrill is what that makes this game so special.
There are so many opinions about rummy game these days. However, not every of them is necessarily true as they are based on conjectures. Only a rummy player knows the significance of the game and the hard work that goes with it. Just like an athlete knows how hard the training part is, in order to attain success in any major event. In this post, we are looking at a few things which only a rummy player can understand.
1. Ups and Down are inevitable
Real sportsmen know that ups and downs in their career are natural. There’s absolutely no reason to panic if you endure a few losses. Similarly, a rummy pro knows that losses are no big deal. Sure, we feel crawling under our skin during defeats and uncontrollable euphoria on big wins. However, a rummy professional follows a balanced approach and is even restrained in celebrations.
2. Rummy Players are not gamblers
There is a widespread misconception that rummy is a gambling game as money is involved. This disdain for the game is deeply entrenched in the minds of people through constant propaganda and misinformation. Even free rummy games are viewed with the same lens of suspicion.
For all the doubting Thomases, playing rummy game for cash is legal according to a Supreme Court Verdict. The verdict clearly dissects skill games like rummy from card games where chance play a major role. Rummy players knows what it takes to win the game. Surely it’s not luck, if it’s a game based on luck, wouldn’t the same player win multiple games.
3. Rummy Players can be professional
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, similarly players who chose rummy as their profession knows how interesting their profession is. The truth is rummy players need good cognitive ability, attention span, good memory, and mental skills just like how working professionals require.
The society still has a skewed opinion about people choosing playing card games for a living and chastises them for choosing rummy as a career option. The truth is games like rummy, poker, and other skill game offer them financial clout apart from the entertainment. If it were just pastime, would the game achieved this much popularity? The truth is that successful players remain unfettered about their detractors and keep marching ahead.
4. Rummy players know when to stop
Good players don’t get too excited over a winning streak. Just like how we allocate a monthly budget, A good player will set a limit and not exceed it. Even if they are on a winning streak, they know when to stop. Perhaps, this quality is what that separates professionals from the rest.
So, the next time someone passes their unfounded opinions about rummy game, walk away nonchalantly with a grin; as now you are now in a position better than them.
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Why Someone Might Join
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VisionDirect Launches Revolutionary Prescription Lens Scanner Mobile Application
Get Glasses Prescription in 10 Minutes with VisionDirect
MELBOURNE, Oct. 21st, 2019 – VisionDirect, one of the world’s leading and fastest growing online eyewear retailer announces the launch of a prescription lens scanner. The free mobile application allows users to get a precise reading of their prescription details using their mobile devices.
The TGA-listed app is powered by groundbreaking patented technology and only requires a smartphone, a computer screen, a magnetic card for measurement (i.e. credit card, subway card), and current prescription glasses.
As the first company in Australia, VisionDirect launches the Lens Scanner in both App Store and Google Play Store, the Lens Scanner is developed to simplify the process of getting an accurate prescription reading thus making it easier to order new glasses online from the comfort of their home.
“We know that today’s consumers are very tech-savvy and driven by convenience and simplicity, so we proudly offer them a solution that will put them in greater control of their eyewear needs. With Lens Scanner, consumers can easily get their optical details through their mobile phones and at their comfort. We’re confident that this new app will envision our future of accessible and affordable eyewear for everyone”. David Menning, CEO of VisionDirect
The Lens Scanner aims to disrupt the traditional model of buying prescription glasses. The app is designed to be free of charge, user-friendly and timesaving. The user requirements are:
1. A smartphone with the Lens Scanner app (Downloaded from the App Store or Google Play store),
2. A laptop or desktop (with a 12” screen or larger)
3. User’s current pair of eyeglasses, and
4. A standard size magnetic card
About VisionDirect Australia
VisionDirect™ is a part of the SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group – the world’s leading designer glasses e-commerce company. With operations across Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas, our portfolios of domain properties are market leaders in over 20 countries, including SmartBuyGlasses.com in the US and VisionDirect.com.au in Australia.
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