Angry supporters of Bulgarian soccer club ‘Levski Sofia’ stormed the first press conference of the team’s new manager, Ivaylo Petev, and ripped his shirt off.
Petev, a former soccer player, was appointed as the coach of FC Levski on Tuesday. However, he had to resign a day later after club fans stormed the briefing and accused him of supporting rival soccer club CSKA Sofia.
They surrounded the manager and told him that he was not ‘worthy’ of wearing the Levski’s colors because he was not loyal to the team.
A group of men then grabbed Petev and took off his shirt before they showed him out of the room.
“What happened yesterday is extremely ugly and I would not like to work in such an environment,” Petev told media reporters, announcing his resignation from the team, according to The Independent reports.
FC Levski’s chief executive and sporting director Nasko Sirakov, who was sitting beside Petev at the press conference, also resigned from his post following the incident.
“I will not stand here any longer. This is not my Levski and it's not our audience. It's a shame and a disgrace to the club. I gave 80 per cent of my life to this club and I got a lot from the club.”
“I participated in 12 titles, but I cannot work in such an environment. This is the hardest day in my life, but I wonder if there's a place in the world where the fans choose the coach,” Sirakov said.