Alan Pardew Quits CSKA Sofia After Bananas Thrown At Black Players By Their Own Fans

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Alan Pardew Quits CSKA Sofia After Bananas Thrown At Black Players By Their Own Fans

Pardew and his assistant Alex Dyer, the first dark-skinned coach in CSKA history, have irrevocably left the club due to racist insults to CSKA players. CSKA lost to Sofia's biggest rival, Sofia, in the Bulgarian Cup final in May.

In the next match against Botev from Plovdiv, CSKA fans threw bananas in front of four dark-skinned players. The players were initially reluctant to play, but still played the match, and Pardew said the incident influenced his decision to leave the club.

Pardew said in a statement: "The events before and after the match with Botev were not acceptable for me, for my assistant Alex Dyer, or for our players. "The small group of organized racist fans who tried to sabotage this game are not who I want to lead and represent the team in front of."

"That's definitely not the right way for CSKA because such club deserves a lot more." He added: "I would want to express my gratitude towards all true CSKA fans for their support and passion. "I also want to thank Grisha and Dani Ganchev [the club owners] for their efforts to bring the club forward despite all the challenges and circumstances.

"It was a privilege for me to be a part of and to serve this club. Unfortunately, my time here has come to an end."

Who is Alan Pardew?

Alan Scott Pardew (born 18 July 1961) is an English football manager and former professional footballer.

Pardew's highest achievements in the sport include reaching the FA Cup Final three times: as a player with Crystal Palace in 1990 and as a manager with West Ham United in 2006 and in 2016 when his Crystal Palace side lost to Manchester United.

He has also achieved promotion three times in his career, as a player with Palace and as a manager with Reading and West Ham. He managed Newcastle United from 2010 to 2014. As manager of Newcastle, Pardew won both the Premier League Manager of the Season and the LMA Manager of the Year awards for the 2011–12 season after guiding the Magpies to European football for the first time since the club's return to the Premier League.

He later managed Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and ADO Den Haag, as well as working as a Sky Sports pundit for the 2017–18 Premier League season. During his career, Pardew led a number of English clubs - West Ham, Charlton, Southampton, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.