Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov resigns following racism backlash


Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has resigned four days after England’s Euro 2020 qualifying win was overshadowed by racism from home supporters. Monday’s match in Sofia was stopped twice because of racist abuse directed at England’s black players.

However, after the match Balakov, 53, said he “didn’t hear anything”. “I am no longer national team coach,” Balakov told Bulgarian media after a meeting of the Bulgarian Football Union on Friday. According to reports from Bulgaria, the whole board of the Bulgarian Football Union, including president Borislav Mikhailov, has resigned.

“The performance of Bulgaria’s men’s national team in recent months has been described as unsatisfactory, which is why Krasimir Balakov resigned,” a statement from the organisation said.

Bulgarian authorities have so far identified 16 suspects and made 12 arrests following the England game.


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