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Krassimir Balakov resigns as Bulgarian coach





Bulgaria's national football coach Krassimir Balakov resigned four days after the racist incident in the European Championship qualifier against England (0: 6). The entire management of the National Association (BFU) also made its departure, according to an official statement. It was "agreed that the national team's performance was last disappointed." A successor to seeking ex-international Jordan Letschkow, the shooter of the decisive 2: 1

in the 1994 World Cup quarterfinals against Germany. Balakow, long-time Bundesliga pro at VfB Stuttgart and coach of 1. FC Kaiserslautern 2012, had claimed after hearing the final whistle on Monday in a first interview that he had heard nothing about the ape sounds and even worse incidents in Sofia. At first, Balakov had trivialized the event. Later he apologizes in a post.

Balakov had been criticized for his remarks by the English offensive player Raheem Sterling.

The meeting had been several times before the demolition, the English stars had been offended with monkey leaps, mocking songs and Hitler's salute. The case had caused international uproar

The European Football Union (UEFA) has initiated disciplinary proceedings. Association President Boris Mikhailov had also resigned following the scandal under pressure from the Prime Minister.


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