Published: Mon, October 21, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bulgaria coach Balakov quits position amid racist abuse of England players

Bulgaria coach Balakov quits position amid racist abuse of England players

Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov has resigned as manager just four days after England players were subjected to racist abuse by Bulgaria fans.

England's match against Bulgaria was stopped twice because of the racial chants by the local fans.

In an interview with Sky Sports News after the game, Balakov said he did not hear monkey chants from the stands, and would only apologise to England's players if UEFA proved that there had been discriminatory abuse.

"And then the (first step of UEFA's anti-racism) protocol being activated, and then (supporters) streaming out, seemingly nonchalant to the impact they were having, I thought it was bad".

Bulgaria national soccer coach Krasimir Balakov has resigned, according to reports.

"Five more men implicated in the abusive actions were detained this morning", the ministry said.

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The Bulgarian Football Union executive committee held a press conference on Friday afternoon and it was reported that Balakov, along with the entire committee, had tendered their resignations.

Five more Bulgarian fans were also detained this morning and the interior ministry said police had so far identified 16 people believed to have taken part in the abuse.

Balakov said on Monday night: "I was concentrated on the game. But, once again, first it has to be proven to be true".

The new phase will be launched at every Premier League match tomorrow, and will continue until 27 October. The majority of them have received one- or two-year bans from attending sports events in Bulgaria and overseas, fines and community work. I think we've managed to make two statements really by winning the game but also raised the awareness of everybody to the situation.

British politicians from across all parties are urging UEFA to ban teams who do not tackle racism effectively, following Monday's highly publicised incidents in Sofia when England played Bulgaria.

A total of 48 football fans have been subjected to one or two year bans from attending sports events in Bulgaria and overseas, fines and community work since the beginning of this year, the European Union member's police statistics show.

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