Bulgarian club stop paying players until they play better

Play up, or we won't pay up! Bulgarian club tell players they must win for their wage



12:57 GMT, 23 March 2012

Struggling Bulgarian club Kaliakra have decided to stop paying their players' wages after a run of defeats.

'The decision will be in force until further notice,' said Kaliakra president Ventsislav Vasilev.

He told the team they needed to fight not just to win games, but also to earn their salaries.

Kaliakra, promoted to the top flight for
the first time in 2010, suffered their 14th league defeat of the season
when they were thrashed 4-0 at home by Chernomorets Burgas on

The Kavarna-based club, who have not won a
point in five games since the winter break, are in second from bottom
in the table and reside eight points from safety.

Coach Radostin Trifonov said, however, he was optimistic that the club would avoid relegation.

'I was thinking about resignation but now I'm an optimist,' Trifonov said despite the drubbing by Chernomorets.

'We played very well in the first half and I was glad to see that the players were eager to fight.'

The squad features one famous name – George Weah. Not the Liberian former World Player of the Year, but his son, George Weah Jr.