Krasimir Balakov left on Friday as the national coach of Bulgaria. The 53-year-old trainer became discredited after noticing on Monday against England that black English players were being racistly treated by Bulgarian fans.
The European Championship qualifying match in Sofia, which was won by England by 0-6, was interrupted several times due to racist behavior from the stands. Monkey sounds were made and the Hitler salute could also be seen.
At first, Balakov said that he would only apologize if UEFA provided evidence of racist behavior. Last Wednesday, he apologized to England.
Balakov had only been in charge of the Bulgarian team since May of this year. With just three points out of seven matches, the Southeast European country is in a disappointing last place in group A.
With his resignation, Balakov followed the example of federal president Borislav Mihaylov, who left on Tuesday. Mihaylov was called upon by the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
Bulgaria-England was shut down twice for racist behavior by Bulgarian fans. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Bulgarian OM sued man for racism
On Thursday, an 18-year-old man was charged by the Public Prosecutor of Bulgaria for racist behavior. Six other people were arrested earlier. More arrests may follow, because the Bulgarian police are still busy viewing the images of incidents during the match.
UEFA already sued the Bulgarian Football Association on Tuesday. The fans would - in addition to racism and bringing the Nazi salute - be 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.