Claude Le Roy quits as Syria football coach

Claude Le Roy celebrates victory in the Gulf Cup in January 2009 while he was national coach of Oman. Le Roy has asked to end his contract with the Syrian national football team amid growing unrest in the country

French coach Claude Le Roy has asked to end his contract with the Syrian national football team amid growing unrest in the country.

Syrian Football Federation president Farouq Sariyeh told AFP on Thursday that Le Roy "asked that his contract be broken amicably, saying that he could no longer stay in the country after France called on its citizens to leave Syria".

France urged any of its citizens living in or visiting Syria to leave on Wednesday and warned others to cancel any plans to visit during the current political crisis.

Sariyeh said that Le Roy had initially proposed to leave the country while maintaining his contract but this offer had been rejected.

Le Roy took up the position last March in a deal running until June 2013 after spending most of his career in Africa, noteably as coach of Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana.