CSKA SOFIA BANNED FROM STADIUMS FOR THREE GAMES

The Bulgarian Football Union has ruled CSKA Sofia must play their next three games at a neutral venue after a pitch invasion during their league match at Lokomotiv Mezdra.

The club, nicknamed The Army Men have been fined 15,000 Lev for the trouble at the weekend.

Over 100 CSKA fans stormed the pitch soon after the home team took the lead midway through the second half, forcing the referee to abandon the match.

Home side Lokomotiv have also been given a one-match home ban for poor organisation and fined 2,000 Lev.

There were no police inside the stadium as Lokomotiv refused to pay the security taxes before the game.

The violent behaviour in Mezdra is the latest in a series of incidents to blight Bulgarian football in recent times.

A number of clubs, including CSKA, have been banned from stadiums in the last few seasons following crowd trouble.

Posted on 22/03/2010