Penev gets permission to fly to England

SOFIA - CSKA Sofia coach Luboslav Penev flew to London on Thursday for their Europa League match at Fulham after a ban on him leaving Bulgaria was lifted.

Penev, 43, was unable to travel on Wednesday having been grounded by local authorities because of a bank demand over a debt of more than two million levs ($1.55 million).

However, the former Atletico Madrid and Valencia striker was given permission to travel, by the head of police in Burgas - the southeastern town whose local court rejected Penev's appeal against the sanction on Tuesday.

Penev's trip to west London was approved after he made a partial payment to the bank while CSKA's owners guaranteed the debt.

"Yes, I can confirm that he (Penev) is on his way to London," CSKA president Dimitar Borisov told the website. "He'll take charge of CSKA tonight..."

CSKA are bottom of Europa League Group E with one point from four matches, four points behind third-placed Fulham.