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Bulgarian Fans Demand Answers

By February 13, 2013

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The fans in Bulgaria are livid. According to a recent report, it seems they are demanding some answers from their national organization and they want the EU Commissioner for Sports to launch an investigation into the national organization's conduct.

After qualifying for the London Olympics, the team's coach and one of its best players quit due to conflict with the head of the Bulgarian Federation, Dancho Lazarov. The coach, Radostin Stoytchev, stated that he would not return to the team until Lazarov resigned. That never happened. So Bulgaria competed in London without the head coach that led them to qualify and without key outside hitter Matey Kaziyski. They finished fourth.

The fans have asked the European Union's Commissioner for Sports to look into impropriety including major financial violations, impropriety in the presidential election process and a lack of transparency regarding the use of funds among other things.

So far the EU has dismissed the claims, stating that they are domestic issues that need to be handled in Bulgaria. The fans seem skeptical that these kinds of improprieties can be handled internally and may choose to file a formal complaint.

Let's keep an eye on this one.

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