The first rule of Bulgarian fight club is you do not talk about Bulgarian fight club.
Actually, it’s ‘no weapons during fights with other fans’.
Hooligan culture is so rife in Bulgaria that ultras gathered in the city of Plovdiv last season to create a code of honour.
This is what they came up with…
1) Total ban of using any weapons during fights with other fans.
2) Don’t attack in style ‘many vs one/few’, try to fight in roughly equal numbers.
3) Knocked out opponent or one fallen into a state of inability to defend is not to fight anymore.
4) Do not attack women, kids or any regular fans.
5) Do not fight your opponent at his work place, home or when he is with his family.
6) Do not fight with other fans when on a national holiday.
7) Do not take any personal belongings that are not associated with club/group. That represents theft.
8) Do not complain to the police against other fans who did not violate the code rules.
9) Groups can punish their own members who do not follow the rules.
10) Stop the promotion of weapons, such as stickers, clothing or graffiti with knifes, bats etc.
11) Promote the ‘clean fight’ using clothing, stickers and others.
12) Do not remove or edit other team’s graffiti if it is on their territory.
There you have it. Now you’ve got all the information you need to become a rule-abiding Bulgarian hooligan.