Coach of Olimpija Ljubljana, Marko Nikolic has agreed to leave the Slovenian league leaders a week after racially abusing one of his own players, Nigerian forward Blessing Eleke.
Nikolic called Eleke a “black idiot” after he felt the 20 year old spent too much time celebrating an equaliser when they forced Zavrc to a 1-1 draw on the 10th of April.
The 36 year old Serb defended his action insisting he made an emotional reaction as Eleke’s celebration meant there was less time for a winner and it wasn’t his intentions to offend the man who moved to Olimpija from league rivals Gorica in January.
Although his club initially refused to suspend him he was however handed a seven game ban by the Slovenian FA which forced his club to react.
“He made a mistake and had to pay for it, we have reached an agreement with Marko for him to resign as coach. He is a good coach, a good man” Chairman of Olimpija Ljubljana Milan Mandaric said.