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Bulgaria Court Upholds Ban for CSKA Coach to Leave Country

The Administrative Court in the Black Sea city of Burgas upheld the ban of the coach of Bulgaria’s CSKA Football Club, Lyuboslav Penev, to leave the country.

The measure interferes with the CSKA game in London with the UK Fulham from the UEFA Europa League on December 3.

The Court tried Tuesday the case over the complaint filed by Penev disputing the order of the Head of the Regional Police Directorate dated November 6 to not allow the coach to travel abroad. The order has been issued on the request of a private law enforcement officer over Penev’s default BGN 2 M loan from EIBank.

The magistrates rejected Penev’s claim. The rule can be appealed in a 7-day period. The Supreme Administrative Court must rule in a month.

Evidence presented by Penev’s attorney before the Burgas Court proved the loan is backed by a real estate property and the bank had not requested additional collateral.

CSKA Sofia lose third match in Europa League

FC Basel comfortably beat CSKA Sofia 3-1 and maintained their position at the top of Uefa Europa League group E with nine points, though the Swiss side are yet to secure a place in the knockout stages of the tournament.

Alexander Frei scored a brace against the Bulgarian side, as he had done in the first match between both teams in Sofia two weeks earlier. With this latest victory, FC Basel are two points ahead of second placed AS Roma and four from third placed Fulham. CSKA are bottom of the group with one point.

The Bulgarian side showed a spirited display and scored a stunning goal through Todor Yanchev, but it was not enough to spark a revival. At the bottom of the group with only one point from four outings, CSKA’s hopes or further contention in the tournament have all but dissipated.

The Bulgarian league leaders are now facing an equally arduous task as they will have to travel to London and face Fulham at Craven Cottage. Meanwhile, group leaders FC Basel will travel to the Eternal City and take on Roma. Both matches are on December 3 2009.