Olimpija Ljubljana of Slovenia coach Marko Nikolic has been forced to resign following the storm that followed his racial abuse of a Nigerian player, Blessing Eleke.
Nikolic described the Nigerian striker as a ‘black idiot’ following the latter’s prolonged celebration after he scored a stoppage time equalizer in their game against ZAVRČ in the Slovenian league.
While the club, Olimpija Ljubljana failed to take any immediate action against the coach, he was however suspended for seven games by the disciplinary committee of the Football Association of Slovenia, which meant he would be absent for the rest of the season as the Slovenian league had seven games to run at the time.
But the racist coach has now been forced to resign his post, and this much has been confirmed by the club.
“He made a mistake and had to pay for it,” Olimpija Ljubljana chairman Milan Mandaric said.
“We have reached an agreement with Marko for him to resign as coach.”
Olimpija Ljubljana are currently top of the Slovenian league with 62 points, but are being followed closely by Maribor, who are on 60.
Eleke has scored 12 goals for the club this season. Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu also started his professional career in Slovenia, starring for NK Drava, before moving to Portugal with Academica de Coimbra.