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Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov resigns after England loss

Krasimir Balakov, Bulgaria, EURO 2020, England
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Bulgaria announced that Krasimir Balakov has resigned as head coach following their controversial 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to England.

Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria was overshadowed for all the wrong reasons as the home supporters racially abused the England players in the stands through monkey chants.

But Balakov left everybody fuming afterwards by stating he hadn’t heard any chanting at all. He then stated that nothing had been proven true despite all the England technical staff, players and even journalists complaining.

“I didn’t hear anything,” said Balakov.

“But I just talked to the English press, and I told them that if this is proven to be true then we have to be ashamed and apologise for it. But once again, first it has to be proven to be true.”

The 53-year-old, however, had to backtrack on his comments later on and issued a full apology on Facebook acknowledging everything that happened on Monday.

And now the Bulgarian Football Union confirmed that Balakov has left his role as head coach just four days afterwards.

“I am no longer a national team coach and I wish success to the next coach. At the moment, the situation is not rosy,” said Balakov as quoted by sportal.bg.

“I’m a professional and I know there are times like this in my life. I will look for my next chance. I will rest now.”

The BFU’s president Borislav Mihaylov, meanwhile, handed in his own resignation on Tuesday. Mihail Kasabov has since reportedly replaced him.

Bulgaria, who sit bottom of Group A with three points from seven games in their Euro 2020 qualification campaign, return to action on November 17 at home to second-place Czech Republic.

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SOFIA, BULGARIA – OCTOBER 14: Krasimir Balakov, Manager of Bulgaria speaks with Kieran Trippier of England.