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Ex-Premier League boss quits Bulgarian club after fans threw bananas at own players

After its fans started throwing bananas at its black players, former Premier League manager Alan Pardew resigned from his position at a Bulgarian team.

Pardew, who was appointed manager of the first team in April, has resigned from CSKA Sofia immediately after a section of supporters made racist remarks about black players.

After a long career that included many big teams such as Newcastle and Crystal Palace, he joined the club as technical director in November 2020.

CSKA lost the Bulgaria cup final against bitter rivals Levski Sofia. However, after discussions with Pardew, Pardew decided to stay on as the team’s manager for the next season.

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However, CSKA’s team arrived at the stadium to face Botev Plovdiv in one of their remaining league matches a week following the cup final.

Four black players were subject to racist abuse, and bananas were thrown at them.

The two initially refused to participate in the game, but they were eventually persuaded.

Sky Sports News understands that Pardew was upset and angry by the incident and requested urgent talks with club bosses.

He and Alex Dyer, the assistant, have now decided to leave the club following the incident. They are the first black men to be a coach at the club.

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Image Pardew was previously in charge of Reading, West Ham and Charlton as well as Southampton, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion.

Pardew made the following statement to the CSKA Sofia website: “The events that took place before and after my match against Botev Plovdiv were unacceptable for me, my assistant Alex Dyer, and my players.”

“Our players chose to play out loyalty towards the club.

“This small group organized racist fans tried to sabotage this game. They are not the fans that I want to coach my team in front of.”

“This is definitely not the right approach for CSKA, as such club deserves a lot better.

“I want to thank all true CSKA fans and their passion for their support.

“I also want Dani Ganchev and Grisha [club owners] for all their efforts to move the club forward in spite of all the difficulties and circumstances.

“It was a privilege to serve this club. My time here is over.

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