Alan Pardew has resigned his position as manager and technical director at CSKA Sofia in protest after his black players were racially abused by the club’s own fans.
Pardew and Alex Dyer, the club’s first black assistant coach, have left with immediate effect, leading to the racist abuse of Sofia players.
CSKA lost to bitter rivals Levski Sofia in the Cup final in Bulgaria last month and four of the team’s black players were pelted with bananas by fans ahead of their next game against Botev Plovdiv.
The squad initially refused to play the game but later went onto the pitch and Pardew said the incident played a role in his decision to leave the club.
“The events before and after the Botev Plovdiv game were unacceptable not only for me but also for my assistant Alex Dyer and for my players,” he told the club’s official website.
“Our players chose to play out of loyalty to the club. This small group of organized racist fans who tried to sabotage the game are not the fans I want to coach the team in front of. It’s definitely not the right one way for CSKA.” because such a club deserves much more.
“I want to say thank you to all true CSKA fans for their support and passion. I also want to thank Grisha and Dani Ganchev [the club owners] for their commitment to bringing the club forward despite all the challenges and circumstances.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve this great club. Unfortunately, my time here has come to an end.”