18 October 2019 16:38
Bulgaria head coach Krasimir Balakov has resigned amid the fallout of the racist abuse suffered by England's players on Monday night. England's 6-0 European Qualifier win in Sofia was overshadowed by racist chanting and Nazi salutes, with the game stopped twice during the first half as players considered walking off the pitch in protest of the abuse. 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. On Friday, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) confirmed Balakov had stepped down, citing the "unsatisfactory" performance of the Bulgaria team in recent months, along with BFU president Borislav Mihaylov and the entire Executive Committee. Step one of UEFA's anti-racism protocol was activated just before the half-hour mark of Monday's game, with the referee asking for a public address announcement to be made ordering the abuse to stop.
Head coach Balakov said on Monday night: "I was concentrated on the game. Meanwhile, Mihaylov said on Friday: "My decision to step down has nothing to do with prime minister Borissov asking for my resignation the day after the game vs England. A full BFU statement on Friday read: "At today's meeting of the Executive Committee of the Bulgarian Football Union, President Borislav Mihailov informed the members of his resignation and officially left his position in the management of the plant. "The performance of Bulgaria's men's national team in recent months has been described as unsatisfactory, which is why the national selectman Krasimir Balakov resigned, which was accepted by the members of the IC. Bulgaria national coach Krasimir Balakov has resigned, according to reports.
I think we have managed to make two statements by winning the game but also we have raised the awareness of everyone to this situation." AFP via Getty Images 4/12 FA chairman Greg Clarke "I would like to see a very stringent review by UEFA because I know they take racism very seriously. To stand alone and do the right thing takes courage and acts like that shouldn't go unnoticed." Action Images via Reuters 6/12 England debutant Tyrone Mings "Hopefully the higher powers will deal with the incidents that happened, we couldn't do much more on the pitch." Getty Images 7/12 MP David Lammy "Monkey chants and Nazis salutes from Bulgarian fans is utterly deplorable. Proud of the team tonight." UEFA via Getty Images 10/12 England defender Harry Maguire "The best way to bounce back. Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has stepped down from his position after home fans subjected England's black players with racist abuse during the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday night. The 53-year-old was in charge of the team in the 6-0 defeat to England in Bulgaria which was marred by racist chanting and Nazi salutes from home supporters.
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. "I am no longer national team coach," Balakov told Bulgarian media after a meeting of the Bulgarian Football Union on Friday. "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. Bulgaria national coach Krasimir Balakov and the Bulgarian Football Union's entire executive committee have resigned. Balakov was in charge of the team in the 6-0 defeat to England in Sofia on Monday night, which was marred by racist chanting and Nazi salutes from home supporters and was twice stopped. The Bulgarian Football Union executive committee held a press conference on Friday afternoon and announced that Balakov, along with the entire committee, had tendered their resignations.