Bulgarian champions Ludogorets, who currently top the Bulgarian A Football Group table, have said they could quit the league after claiming that referees are favouring title rivals, Levski.
In the summer of 2010, a massive reconstruction of the venue was started, new side sectors with roof covers were built and the media sectors were expanded in order to meet the UEFA guidelines for Champions League matches. On 12 July 2010, the stadium officially received from UEFA a 3-star rating. The reconstructions continued in the summer of 2011. New covered stands and media boxes were built.
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Prior to the 2016-17 season, businessman Grisha Ganchev merged Chavdar Etropole, CSKA Sofia and Litex Lovech, subsequently renaming the entity in CSKA, which gained the Bulgarian Football Union's approval to compete in reformed First League.
BFU chairman Yuri Kuchev announced the expulsion this morning saying: "It was the only possible decision according to (the BFU's) disciplinary rules".
In the summer of 2015, Grisha Ganchev stepped down from his position as an owner, only to relocate his investments in the capital to CSKA Sofia, which had been financially struggling recently. As a result of the change, his son Danail took over the club.
After the highly-charged game on Saturday, Litex said they wanted foreign referees to run their matches against the Sofia-based side in the future while champions Ludogorets have also threatened to quit the league because they say referees favour their closest title rivals.
Because of Saturday's incident, the owner of league leader Ludogorets threatened to leave the league, claiming referees are favouring Levski.
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In 2009–10 season Litex became a champion of Bulgaria for the third time in its history, finishing with 12 points more than the second, CSKA Sofia. On 12 August 2010, Litex defeated Beroe 2–1 to win the Bulgarian Supercup, for the first time in the club's history. In 2010–11 Litex achieved a 4th league title, securing the championship with a 3–1 away win against Lokomotiv Sofia on 21 May 2011.
Ludogorets top the league tabel with 38 points from 20 matches followed by Levski who have 35 from 19.
"We will probably quit the championship if such precedents in favour of Levski continue," Ludogorets owner Kiril Domuschiev said. "It seems that this is the way they want to win the title."
Litex were also fined £7,444 and can appeal against the BFU decision within seven days.
Litex led 1-0 against Levski but their players left the field after a second red card and a penalty against them.
Referee Georgi Yordanov sent off two Litex Lovech players in the first half
Ludogorets owner Kiril Domuschiev said: "We'll probably quit the championship if such precedents in favour of Levski continue.
In June 1996, the club was purchased by the petrol businessman and citizen of Lovech Grisha Ganchev and it was renamed to Litex. The takeover was immediately followed by a flurry of bids for high-profile players. Ferario Spasov was named as the new Litex coach. He led the club back to the A PFG at the first attempt. During the 1996–97 season Litex also reached the quarter-finals of the Bulgarian Cup and the final of the Bulgarian League Cup, which was lost after a penalty shoot-out.
Litex Lovech player gets himself sent off and causes his manager to withdraw team from game
One of most successful clubs in Bulgaria, Litex have won four league titles and four domestic cups since 1998.
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Earlier this year, the BFU revoked the licenses of CSKA Sofia and Lokomotiv Sofia because of outstanding debts and relegated them to lower divisions.
It is not clear if Litex, who were fourth with 33 points, will continue in the Bulgarian Cup, where they have reached the semifinals.
Litex president Trifon Popov was also fined £5,581 after admitting that he ordered Stoilov to instruct the players to leave the pitch.
The Bulgarian Football Union kicked the club out of the top division and fined them 20,000 leva ($11,000).
A year later Litex retained their league title, losing only two league games all season. They became the first provincial club to win back-to-back league titles since the 1920s. During the campaign Litex inflicted the biggest defeat of CSKA Sofia's whole history, beating them 8-0 at Lovech Stadium.
Litex were already down to ten men following the 16th minute sending off of striker Bjørn Johnsen, when referee Georgi Yordanov red-carded Colombian stopper Rafael Enrique Pérez Almeida and awarded Levski a penalty just before half-time.
"It was the only possible decision according to the union's disciplinary rules," said Yuri Kuchev, the head of the union's disciplinary committee.
SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Litex Lovech were on Wednesday kicked out of the Bulgarian league, four days after their players walked off the field in protest over a referee's decision during a match against Levski Sofia.
Litex, who have won four league titles and four domestic cups since 1998, said they will appeal the decision.
The red card prompted crazy scenes leading to the visitors' manager Stoycho Stoilov ordering his players to leave the field and the match being abandoned.
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PFC Litex Lovech (Bulgarian: ПФК Литекс Ловеч) or simply Litex (Bulgarian: Литекс) is a Bulgarian football club from the town of Lovech. The club was founded in 1921 as Hisarya Football Club.
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Litex have been one of most successful clubs in Bulgaria over the last two decades, winning four league titles and four domestic cups since 1998.
Levski Sofia have also been ordered to play their next home match behind closed doors following crowd trouble in their two recent matches against Litex.
Litex were down to 10 men when a second player was sent off and Levski were awarded a penalty, prompting the management to order their players off the field.
Note: For a complete list of Litex Lovech players, see Category:PFC Litex Lovech players.
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