Beroe punished again after referee attack
Thursday 16th August 2001
Beroe have been ordered to play their next five games away from home by the Bulgarian Football Federation following the attack on a referee by two fans last Sunday.
Svetozar Marinov was assaulted by two men 90 minutes before the game against CSKA Sofia, and it was postponed as a result, despite Beroe's claim that the fourth official should have stepped in.
Earlier this week, the Bulgarian Football Federation (BFU) awarded a 3-0 win to CSKA, but on Thursday they imposed further sanctions on Beroe.
They must play their next five games away from the Stara Zagora stadium, and were also fined £15,000.
Beroe president Stanislv Tanev has said that he will appeal against both rulings, despite the fact that the referee is still recovering from the attack in hospital.
He said: "I am sorry for Svetozar Marinov, but we're not the ones to be blamed."
The club's coach Ivan Vutov also claimed that CSKA had wanted the match to be abandoned.
"CSKA did not want the game to be played. There is a fourth official who could have called for the game to go ahead."
CSKA coach Asparuh Nikodimov was incensed by the accusation. "We were not afraid to play this game," he said. "This kind of violence must be stopped."