Bulgaria not happy beside the seaside

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Bulgaria are threatening to leave their training camp near Scarborough, because they are unhappy that there is little to do at their Ravenscar Hotel on the Yorkshire coast, and also because of the travelling time involved from their base.

The Bulgarians faced a 90-minute journey to Leeds for their opening game on Sunday and their final two matches at Newcastle will mean a journey time of about two hours. They have a match there against Romania tomorrow in Group B followed by a game with France on Tuesday.

The squad will travel to Newcastle tomorrow and the Reading goalkeeper Bobby Mikhailov said: "We would like to stay there. The players are unhappy and have approached the management about it.

"We don't have a problem with Scarborough. It is just too quiet and there are not many facilities at the hotel. The players can play snooker, table tennis and golf, but that is all. We have too far to travel for matches and I would say there is a good chance of us staying in Newcastle.

"Perhaps we will have a problem finding a suitable hotel and training facilities, but that is a problem our football federation will have to solve."