Ljubljana - Slovenian league leaders Olimpija Ljubljana said
on Tuesday they had decided not to sack coach Marko Nikolic despite him
reportedly calling Nigerian forward Blessing Eleke a "black idiot".
"After serious considerations and talks with Marko
Nikolic and Blessing Eleke we determined that our coach's action was not an act
against our forward's race," club president Milan Mandaric said in a
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Slovenian media reported that Nikolic made his outburst
after Eleke's exuberant celebrations following a late equaliser against Zavrc
left Olimpija little time to win the match.
Nikolic also apologised to Eleke, to the club and to its
fans for the incident, calling Eleke "an extraordinarily talented player
and really a special kid who respects modesty and sincerity".
The 36-year-old Serb coach had joined Olimpija earlier this
year after being sacked by Serbia's Partizan Belgrade.
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