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Racism scandal: Bulgaria coach Balakov resigns


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Sofia (AP) - Former Bundesliga professional Krassimir Balakov has resigned after the racism scandal in the European Championship qualifier against England as coach of the Bulgarian national football team.

"I said that if I'm the problem of Bulgarian football, I will not think about it for a minute and submit my resignation," said VfB Stuttgart's former professional, according to a state television report. Bulgaria lost 6-0 to England and have no chance of qualifying for the 2020 finals.

Because of the racist derailment during the match on Monday evening in Sofia, the entire executive committee of the Bulgarian Football Association (FSO) resigned. In the stadium monkey sounds were to be heard and the Hitler salute to be seen. It subsequently came to arrests of alleged perpetrators. An 18-year-old Bulgarian should remain in custody. He should have shown, according to prosecutors, the Hitler salute. The Bulgarian Federation is facing a tough sentence by the European Football Union (UEFA).

Association head Borisslaw Mikhailov had already announced his resignation on Tuesday. He officially submitted it during a meeting in the Association headquarters in Bojana near Sofia. The former goalkeeper and record national player led the association since 2005. Interim president is initially Mikhail Kassabov, the previous vice-chairman.

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