Bulgaria's Berbatov Blasts Referee in Zagreb Football Drama

Sports | July 26, 2012, Thursday // 17:51|  views

Bulgarian football star and Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian star striker Dimitar Berbatov has voiced outrage by the controversial referee decisions during the faceoff between Dinamo Zagreb and Bulgarian football champions Ludogorets.

Wednesday evening at Maksimir, Domagoj Vida scored eight minutes into added time to hand Dinamo Zagreb a dramatic 3-2 win over Ludogorets.

Vida's last minute winner saved the Croatian side from a shocking defeat, as it scraped through with 4-3 on aggregate.

A spirited attacking display from the Bulgarian visitors helped them twice take the lead, through Emil Gargorov and Marcelinho. However, referee Ante Rukavina cancelled out both goals.

Marcelinho was sent off in the 57th minute after collecting his second booking for simulation, the result being 2-1 for the away team at that point.

Struggling with a man down, the surprising Bulgarian champions looked set to progress until Vida's goal well into stoppage time.

Despite being currently in China with his Manchester United team, Berbatov voiced strong support for Ludogorets and issued a statement in social networks:

"Boys, keep your heads high up. You played excellently; there is nothing to be ashamed of. But the man with the whistle has a lot to be ashamed of. A LOT! I have never seen such thing. This is a disgrace and there must be consequences. It is inadmissible to mock Bulgarian football and the hard work of the boys in such manner," Berbatov declares.

Dinamo is to play Moldova's FC Sheriff in the third qualifying round.

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