CSKA Sofia may quit Bulgarian championship

SOFIA - CSKA Sofia's president has threatened to pull the club out of the Bulgarian championship after they were punished for a pitch invasion.

"You know that I was tolerant so far but it's getting out of control," Dimitar Borisov told Bulgarian sports daily Tema Sport on Wednesday.

"I am seriously considering taking CSKA out of the championship. It's so obvious that the BFU's (Bulgarian Football Union) officials took their decisions under pressure.

"Coach (Ioan) Andone has already told me that he's ready to leave," added Borisov, who said CSKA fans had been provoked.

The 31-times Bulgarian champions were handed a 4-0 loss after more than 100 fans stormed the pitch during their game at Lokomotiv Mezdra on Sunday.

The BFU also ruled that CSKA must play their next three home matches at a neutral ground, starting against Pirin Blagoevgrad on Wednesday, and pay a fine of 15,000 levs ($10,310) for the riot in the northwestern town of Mezdra.

CSKA are second in the standings with 38 points from 19 matches, four points behind leaders Litex Lovech.

The Sofia-based club ran into more trouble on Tuesday when striker Orlin Orlinov was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman and holding her against her will.

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