Bulgaria defender gets two-match ban over fracas with Armenia players

Bulgaria defender Veselin Minev has been banned for two matches by FIFA for his role in a fracas during his team’s 1-0 win over Armenia in a World Cup qualifier on Sept. 11, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said on Monday, Reuters reports.

Left back Minev, who escaped unpunished in a tense game featuring three red cards, was also fined 6,000 Swiss francs ($6,500) by soccer’s world governing body.

The suspension means that Minev, who turns 32 on Sunday and plays for Turkish club Antalyaspor, will miss Bulgaria’s qualifiers against Denmark on Friday and away to Czech Republic four days later.

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