Bulgaria national coach Krasimir Balakov has resigned.
The 53-year-old was in charge of the team in the 6-0 defeat by England in Sofia on Monday night which was marred by racist chanting and Nazi salutes from home supporters.
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.
Bulgaria national coach Krasimir Balakov has resigned after racist abuse of England players
The announcement comes just days after the president of the Bulgarian FA, Borislav Mihaylov, had resigned – Mihaylov held a press conference in Sofia on Friday afternoon
The announcement comes just days after the president of the Bulgarian Football Association had resigned from his position.
The prime minister of Bulgaria had demanded that the FA chief stepped down, announcing that the government would freeze all relations with the Bulgarian FA – including denying them any funding – until Borislav Mihaylov was gone.
Balakov initially refused to accept that England players were subjected to abuse from Bulgarian fans following the match earlier this week.
England player’s were subjected to horrific racist abuse by Bulgaria fans during their 6-0 win
Players and manager Gareth Southgate gather around the match referees to alert them about the horrific abuse the black players were being subjected to
UEFA CHARGES AGAINST ENGLAND AND BULGARIA
Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA European Qualifiers match between Bulgaria and England (0-6), played on 14 October.
Charges against Bulgarian Football Union:
– Racist behaviour (chants, Nazi salutes)
– Throwing of objects
– Disruption of national anthem
– Replays on giant screen
Charges against English Football Association:
– Disruption of national anthem
– Insufficient number of travelling stewards
The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body with the date of the meeting yet to be confirmed.
But he backtracked two days ago and said apologised to the likes of Tyrone Mings, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford who were all targeted.
Step one of UEFA’s anti-racism protocol was activated just before the half-hour mark, with the referee asking for a public address announcement to be made ordering the abuse to stop. However, it continued throughout the remainder of the match.
Balakov said on Monday night: ‘I was concentrated on the game.
‘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.’
UEFA confirmed on Tuesday evening that disciplinary proceedings had been opened on both the Bulgarian and English FA for various infractions before and during the match.
Bulgaria have been charged for racist behaviour, throwing of objects, disruption of national anthem and replays on giant screen, while the English FA face charges of disruption of national anthem and an insufficient number of travelling stewards.
There were two breaks in play in Sofia after racist chanting was reported to the match officials. Bulgaria fans are pictured making monkey noises