Friday, August 26, 2005

Lokomotiv Plovdiv owner shot dead

Georgi Iliev, owner of Bulgaria's Lokomotiv Plovdiv, was shot dead Thursday night while dinning at his restaurant along the Black Sea. Just a little while earlier he had congratulated his players on beating OFK Belgrade 1-0 thus going through to the first round of the UEFA Cup. The players were suppose to join him later for dinner.

This is not the first time that an owner of a soccer team in Bulgaria has been shot. Just two years ago, Black Sea Varna's owner was shot also in the chest and died. A lot of people point to the influence of the mob in the league as the reason for all the murders.

For all the problems the MLS has, at least an assassination of owners is not one of them.


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