Ashdod's preseason soccer match in Bulgaria turns ugly

August 4, 2015 00:04

Ashdod SC players said they feared for their lives after being forced to run for cover from local fans in Bulgaria during Monday’s so-called friendly soccer match against CSKA Sofia.

Ashdod, which was relegated from the Premier League to the National League last season, is preparing for the new campaign in Bulgaria and arranged several games against local sides in order to build up match fitness.

However, while most preseason matches are usually quickly forgotten, Monday’s game against CSKA is bound to live long in the memory of Ashdod players who were forced to flee the stadium after dozens of Sofia fans assaulted them, kicking and punching players while also throwing bottles at the team and its staff.

Tempers flared early in the encounter, but matters got completely out of hand in second-half stoppage time when Ashdod’s Niv Zrihen was sent off for a rough foul on a Sofia player.

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