Video: Bulgarian player banned for six games after flooring ref with body check

Posted by Chris Wright

The Bulgarian football federation (BFU) have seen fit to ban Cherno More Varna defender Sasho Aleksandrov for a whopping six games after the volatile right-back was sent-off for doing the referee an extreme physical discourtesy during his side's 4-0 cup defeat to Levski Sofia on Sunday evening.

Having conceded a Levski penalty in the 74th minute, an irate Aleksandrov charged at the approaching referee and buffeted him to the floor with an ice hockey-style body check -- which, rather unsurprisingly, resulted in a straight red card.

After the dust settled and the subsequent ban and fine (2,500 levs/$1,700) were metered out, Alexandrov apologised to the steam-rollered official, saying: "I was ashamed when he fell. It was not on purpose.”

Hmmm. The footage appears to suggest otherwise Sasho.

(Video via @James_Dart)

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