Krasimir Balakov left on Friday as the national coach of Bulgaria. The 53-year-old trainer became discredited after noticing on Monday in the European Championship qualifying match with England that dark English players were being racistly treated by Bulgarian fans.

The game in Sofia was interrupted several times because of racist behavior from the stands against black players on the English side. So-called monkey sounds were made and the Hitler salute could also be seen.

At first, Balakov indicated that he would only apologize if UEFA came with proof of racist behavior. Last Wednesday, he apologized to England.

Balakov followed the example of federal president Borislav Mihaylov, who already left on Tuesday. Mihaylov was urged to do so by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov because of the racist behavior of the supporters.

UEFA already sued the Bulgarian Football Association on Tuesday. The fans would - in addition to racism and bringing the Nazi salute - have been guilty of throwing objects and disturbing the national anthem.

Incidentally, UEFA also sued the English Football Association. The accompanying supporters would have disrupted the national anthem of Bulgaria and the football association would have brought too few stewards to Sofia.