Alan Pardew quits CSKA Sofia after 34 days with former West Ham manager walking out over racist abuse

ALAN PARDEW has quit Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia after just 34 days in charge.

The ex-West Ham and Newcastle boss has walked out after fans of the club racially abused their own players at a recent match.

According to Sky Sports, disgusting racist chants were directed at members of the team and bananas thrown at some of the players.

The vile abuse came before and after a league clash against Botev Plovdiv last month.

It's claimed four of the club's stars were targeted, and eventually persuaded to play the match after initially refusing to play.

Pardew sought talks with the club following the incident, and will now leave the club with immediate effect alongside assistant Alex Dyer.

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Dyer had been the first ever black man to be appointed as a coach at 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 organised racist fans who tried to sabotage this game are not who I want to lead and represent the team in front of."

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"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."

Pardew was confirmed as full-time manager in April, and had also been technical director at the club.

He was scheduled to carry on in the hot seat next season after leading his team to the Bulgarian Cup final last month.

CSKA Sofia lost the game 1-0 to rivals Levski Sofia.

Then a week later before the clash with Botev Plovdiv the squad were met by angry fans, which is when the incident took place.

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