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CSKA President Resigns
    2008-06-06 08:10:18     Xinhua

The current president of Bulgaria's football champion CSKA, Alexander Tomov, announced Thursday he resigned from the post after UEFA refused to grant a delay for issuing a license to the club, local press reported.

"I do not know who I have to hand my resignation to, but I am obliged to take that step and will find a way to do it," Tomov explained. Meanwhile, it emerged that the footballer Emil Kostadinov is to take up the management of the team as he together with the club's finance director Alexander Garibov are still debating over the current CSKA's crisis and its revoked UEFA license.

One of the other CSKA legendary players and former head coach of Bulgaria's national team, Dimiter Penev expressed his indignation at the fact that Kostadinov takes the club's helm.

"It looks like they are trying to make a coup d'etat," Penev commented.

CSKA abandoned all hopes for participating in the Champion's League after UEFA has officially refused to grant a delay for issuing a license to the club.

In a response to a letter of the Bulgaria Football Union (BFU), UEFA's administration said that all clubs must be treated equally and the term for issuing a license to CSKA cannot be prolonged.

The Executive Director of BFU Borislav Popov said Tuesday that CSKA failed to meet 17 different requirements to get a license from BFU.

"CSKA has had debts to the state in the last three years, it has not paid the salaries and transfer sums, and it is also in debt to banks and private creditors," said Popov.



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