The former Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has quit as manager of CSKA Sofia after fans of the Bulgarian top-tier side racially abused their own players, according to a statement on CSKA’s website on Wednesday.
Pardew took charge in April but resigned after some fans threw bananas at black players from their own team and targeted them with racial slurs before a home game against Botev Plovdiv on 19 May.
Sky Sports reported that CSKA’s fans had been angered by a cup final loss to derby rivals Levski Sofia a week earlier.
“The events before and after the match against Botev Plovdiv were unacceptable, not only for me but also for my assistant Alex Dyer and for my players,” Pardew said in the statement. “This small group of organised racist fans, who tried to sabotage the game, are not the fans I want to coach the team in front of.
“It’s been a privilege and honour to serve this great club. Unfortunately, my time here has come to an end.”
Pardew, who first joined CSKA as technical director in 2020, leaves along with his assistant coach Alex Dyer, who is also black.