Bulgaria: Ludogorets Defender Cosmin Moti Sent Off For ‘Provocative’ Goal Celebration, Irate Levski Fan Falls Through Tunnel While Attempting To Storm Pitch (Photo & Video)

Chris Wright

15th, April 2019

Photo: Sportal.bg (via @shumansko/Twitter)

Ludogorets beat Levski Sofia 2-0 on Sunday to extend their lead at the top of the Bulgarian First League, and did so despite ending the evening with 10 men on the pitch.

That was because defender Cosmin Moti managed to get himself sent off in the 82nd minute, shortly after scoring the penalty that put Ludogorets two goals up.

The Romanian defender was actually dismissed in the immediate aftermath of his spot-kick, picking up a second yellow card for provoking the Levski fans behind the goal with his celebration.

As you might imagine, tensions boiled over an a small-scale riot erupted…

Moti was then temporarily delayed in leaving the pitch as Levski fans pelted him with various bits of detritus.

One livid supporter even clambered on top of the tunnel in an effort to get to the Ludogorets man, but ultimately saw his plans fall through in the most literal of ways…

Moti eventually made it through the gauntlet and back to the dressing room, but only with an assist from the police…

According to @mshumanov, word in the local media is that Levski have demanded Moti be banned for five matches for his incendiary conduct.

Speaking after the match, Ludogorets chief executive Angel Petrichev took an entirely different tack:

Are we supposed to celebrate our goals once we make it to the dressing room and not on the pitch?

Moti didn’t provoke the Levski fans. He’s the most likable player in Bulgarian football!

We can only imagine that the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

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