Bulgarian top flight side Lokomotiv Sofia have torn up the contract of midfielder Martin Dimitrov over bizarre allegations made by the club's first-team coach that the 26-year-old player refused to turn up for a recent game against reigning champions Ludogorets as he wanted to go for a mud bath instead.
Lokomotiv coach Stefan Genov told the media that Dimitrov, who had made 39 appearances for the club since joining in 2012, failed to show for the 4-0 defeat against Ludogorets on 15th December despite being named in the matchday squad.
Dimitrov was duly released without any prior warning, before Genov went on to claim that the midfielder had fabricated the mud bath as an excuse for not participating in the Ludogorets fixture.
A clearly bemused Dimitrov told BGSport:
“I knew from the media that I’d been released. Later [Lokomotiv director] Christian Dobrev called me and told me Genov is not going to count on me for the future.
“Genov told Dobrev he wanted me to play in the match with Ludogorets but according to him I refused in order to go mud bathing.
“This is not something any professional footballer would ever say. I’m hurt because this is my childhood club.”