Plovdiv handed home ban after violence

SOFIA - Bulgaria's Lokomotiv Plovdiv must play their next home match at a neutral venue after fan violence disrupted their 2-1 loss against Sliven on Saturday, the Bulgarian Football Union said.

The penalty will be served on November 7 when the 2004 Bulgarian champions, who were also fined 6,000 levs ($4,543), host Minyor Pernik.

Lokomotiv fans clashed with police and threw objects onto the field during the highly-charged contest before attempting to manhandle a match official after the game.