Owner storms pitch demanding star takes penalty – only to miss sending them down

Incredible scenes on the final day of the Bulgarian top division saw the owner of Tsarsko Selo storm the pitch to try and save his side from relegation.

Tsarsko Selo had been awarded a last-minute penalty, where if they had scored they would have avoided the drop. Yusupha Yaffa picked the ball up to take the spot-kick, despite not being the regular penalty taker.

Their owner, Stoyne Manolov, stormed onto the field to square up to Yaffa and demand Martin Kavdanski, the normal penalty taker, have the spot-kick. After getting his wish, Kavdanski stepped up and missed, sending Tsarsko Selo down.

Yaffa, who was in the youth set-up at AC Milan, was forced off the field by Manolov, to make sure he couldn't take the penalty.

The pair continued their war of words off the pitch as the game ticked into the 97th minute, and Kavdanski waited to take the penalty. Yaffa and Manolov squared up to each other one more time, and security were forced to separate the duo.

Club captain Kavdanski was finally able to take the penalty, but his tame effort was easily saved, condemning Tsarsko Selo to relegation.

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In another twist, Manolov announced the next day he was folding the club.

He said: "It is time to say that the club will cease to exist and will not participate in professional football next season. We are announcing it now to enable the Bulgarian Football Union to fill the group as it sees fit."

Manolov then added: "Investing money in Bulgarian football is the easiest way to lose it."

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