FORMER Reading FC goalkeeper Borislav Mihaylov has resigned from his role as Bulgarian Football Union president.

Mihaylov, who played 24 times for Reading in the mid 90s, had been urged by the Bulgarian prime minister, Boyko Borissov, to step down in the wake of the racism which overshadowed England's 6-0 win over Bulgaria in Sofia last night.

The BFU said the move "is a consequence of the recent tensions" and added the situation had caused "an environment that is detrimental to Bulgarian football and the Bulgarian Football Union".

It added: "Mihaylov expresses his firm readiness to continue helping in the development of Bulgarian football in every possible way".

This morning, Borissov had urged Mihaylov to resign.

Last week, Mihaylov said that England's concerns with potential racism during the game as "groundless".

Sports minister Krasen Kralev said: "The prime minister called me urgently a short time ago.

"You know that the government has done a lot for the development of Bulgarian football in the last four years.

"But after the recent events, having in mind the whole state of football and last night's incidents, the prime minister has ordered me from today to suspend any relations with the BFU, including financial ones, until the resignation of Borislav Mihaylov."