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Football: Two policemen hurt, 70 fans arrested in Sofia derby

Two policemen were injured and 70 fans arrested around the Sofia derby between arch-rivals Levski and CSKA on Saturday, the interior ministry said, as racial tensions ratcheted up the violence. Supporters groups had threatened attacks against a growing number of immigrants in three Sofia suburbs, prompting police to bolster security around their shelters. Eight fans were arrested after trying to provoke four African immigrants outside Sofia's central mosque before the game, the ministry said.

Football: Levski Sofia coach quits after one day

Levski Sofia's newly appointed coach Ivaylo Petev resigned on Wednesday, a day after angry fans stripped him of his team shirt and forced him out of his first press conference. Petev, 38, was introduced as Levski's new coach on Tuesday to replace Serbian Slavisa Jokanovic, who was sacked for poor results after less than three months in charge. But the new coach, who had led Ludogorets Razgrad to two successive Bulgarian League titles in the past two seasons, faced a rough welcome by a group of some 20-30 fans.

Football: Levski Sofia replace Serbian coach Jokanovic

Bulgarian football club Levski Sofia announced Tuesday it was parting with Serbian head coach Slavisa Jokanovic, less than three months after he joined the side. The 45-year-old Jokanovic signed a one-year contract with Levski in mid-July but poor results prompted the club to replace him, its management told the local press. Levski -- one of the country's most popular clubs -- are currently trailing sixth in the Bulgarian league with just 19 points from 12 rounds, and nine points behind leaders Ludogorets Razgrad.

Slavia to ditch player for crying after rivals' failure

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgarian club Slavia Sofia plans to offload a player who cried after they denied Levski Sofia the title by holding them to a 1-1 tie on the final day of the season, Slavia president Ventseslav Stefanov said on Wednesday. Levski seemed certain to win a 27th league title on Saturday but, in a dramatic finale, defender Dimitar Vezalov scored a bizarre own goal 16 minutes from time while rivals Ludogorets beat Montana to lift the trophy for a second straight year.

Football: 70 arrests as Bulgarian football violence flares

Bulgarian police made 70 arrests Saturday after violence flared in the capital Sofia before and after a meeting between the country's two best-supported clubs, Levski and CSKA. Levski won the encounter 2-1 but police had to intervene after hooligans went on the rampage, damaging several buses and trams and throwing stones, injuring one young girl in the process. Police made 20 arrests before the match and then some 40 more inside the ground as searches revealed some fans to be carrying knives and batons.

Disgruntled Levski fans want junior team to complete season

SOFIA (Reuters) - Levski Sofia fans, disgusted by their team's recent displays, have demanded the Bulgarian club field a junior team to complete the season. Levski, chasing their 27th league title, have failed to win in four of their last five league games. "We insist a team, made up only of juniors, to finish the season," Levski fan clubs said in a joint statement on Thursday. "As fans of Levski, we're brought up in totally different values, unknown to you (the players)."
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