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A Bulgarian soccer team whose supporters have a track record of anti-Semitic displays is at the center of a fresh scandal after children were photographed at a game daubed with a swastika and giving a Nazi salute.

The incident caused an outcry after pictures circulated online of the two boys, who appeared to be under 10, at the Bulgarian Cup final between Levski Sofia and Slavia PFC, played at Vassil Levski national stadium in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, Wednesday night.

The photographs showed the boys topless, their bodies painted with a swastika, and the slogans “Levski hooligan,” “ACAB” (“all cops are bastards”), and “SW 1999” — the name of a hardcore faction among Levski Sofia’s hooligan supporters.

Bulgarian child protection authorities have launched a probe into the incident, and are working to identify the children and their parents.

“We see Nazi greetings, which are a worrying fact for us,” Stefka Ilieva, an inspector at the State Agency for Child Protection, told reporters.

A Bulgarian soccer team whose supporters have a track record of anti-Semitic displays is at the center of a fresh scandal after children were photographed at a game daubed with a swastika and giving a Nazi salute.

The incident caused an outcry after pictures circulated online of the two boys, who appeared to be under 10, at the Bulgarian Cup final between Levski Sofia and Slavia PFC, played at Vassil Levski national stadium in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, Wednesday night.

The photographs showed the boys topless, their bodies painted with a swastika, and the slogans “Levski hooligan,” “ACAB” (“all cops are bastards”), and “SW 1999” — the name of a hardcore faction among Levski Sofia’s hooligan supporters.

Bulgarian child protection authorities have launched a probe into the incident, and are working to identify the children and their parents.

“We see Nazi greetings, which are a worrying fact for us,” Stefka Ilieva, an inspector at the State Agency for Child Protection, told reporters.

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Shalom, a national Jewish organization in Bulgaria, condemned the incident, and has referred the matter to the country’s national coordinator against anti-Semitism.

“It is unacceptable that young children should be encouraged to exhibit such behavior,” Shalom said in a statement, adding that it highlighted the challenges in tackling anti-Semitism.

Hardcore Levski Sofia supporters have a history of displaying anti-Semitic and racist

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