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Bulgaria

All is not well within the n national team, where internal strife seems rife. One of their leading strikers, Lyuboslav Penev, has demanded the resignation of top football officials and has said he will boycott tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Cyprus.

"I will always play for , but not while this management is in power." Penev said on n television when he appeared with fellow player Hristo Stoichkov on Monday. Penev had been dropped for making offensive comments during a television interview after Euro 96, and was not recalled until this weekend's game.

Penev said that the n football union, UBF, had not told him he had been dropped from the national side, leaving him to hear about it from the media. The UBF will hold a special meeting on 20 December, after accusations by some clubs of mismanagement.

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