Bulgaria Soccer Coach Quits After Racism Row

Tanya Simon
October 19, 2019

Krasimir Balakov, Bulgaria national head coach, has resigned from his position courtesy of racists abuse of England players during their Euro 2020 qualifiers.

No one from the BFU was immediately available to confirm the news.

Borislav Mihaylov has also confirmed he is resigning from his role as president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), while in another development, Sky Sports News understands the entire BFU Executive Committee has stepped down in solidarity with Mihaylov.

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"I was concentrated on the game", Balakov was quoted as saying on Monday night.

'I didn't actually hear anything but I just talked to the English press downstairs and I told them that if this is proven to be true, then we have to be ashamed and we have to apologise for it. "But, once again, first it has to be proven to be true".

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Before his act of contrition, Balakov claimed England had a bigger problem with racism than Bulgaria.

Bulgaria's national team coach Krasimir Balakov, who also came under fire for his squad's poor performace, has issued an apology to England fans.

Five more men have been arrested over the events of Monday night.

Four Bulgaria fans arrested for their behavior during the match and fined 1,000 Bulgarian lev (€511) and banned from all sports events in the country for two years. One individual was due to attend a pre-trial hearing on Friday and could be remanded in custody.

The ministry spokeswoman said the search to identify further individuals continues.

The abuse persevered and although there became as soon as a handy book a rough stoppage finest sooner than half-time, the sport became as soon as done with England winning 6-0.

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