Petev resigns amid growing pressure

Ivaylo Petev (C) resigned after being appointed Levski Sofia's manager on Wednesday.
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Newly-appointed Levski Sofia coach Ivaylo Petev resigned on Wednesday, a day after angry fans stripped him of his team shirt and forced him out of the room during his first news conference.

The 38-year-old was presented to the media at the Georgi Asparuhov stadium on Tuesday, but a group of supporters, accusing him of having an allegiance to arch rivals CSKA Sofia, removed some of his clothes.

Petev, who denied the claims, said: "I thought over things a lot, listened to the opinions of my family, which is important. I'm not a criminal, I'm not a thief, but yesterday I felt exactly like that. What did I do to deserve this?"

Levski chief executive Nasko Sirakov said of the attack: "This is not my Levski, and these are not our fans. It's a shame and a disgrace to the name of The Apostle (Vasil Levski)."

Vladimir Vladimirov, chairman of the team's national fan-club, retorted: "We'll not allow this Petev to be coach of Levski. We'll not retreat from our position. I'm not speaking on my behalf but on behalf of thousands of Levski supporters."

As a result of Petev's departure, Levski assistant coach Antony Zdravkov will take charge of the club until the winter break. Video of the fans stripping Petev of his team shirt can be seen below:

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