That will be good for morale.
Owner orders Lokomotiv Plovdiv players to take lie detector tests
Lokomotiv Plovdiv’s players have been told to take lie detector tests after they were defeated by the Bulgarian first division’s bottom side.
Players and coaches at the Bulgarian first division club Lokomotiv Plovdiv have been ordered to take lie detector tests after their surprise 1-0 defeat by the bottom club Botev Vratsa on Saturday sparked concerns about match-fixing.
Lokomotiv, Bulgaria’s champions in 2004, suffered their first defeat of the season when Botev Vratsa, who had lost their first five matches. Now the club’s owner, Veselin Mareshki, says he has to be sure there were no other factors behind the defeat.
“Nobody is insured against defeats but this loss is very strange,” Mareshki said. “The fair-play principle is the most important thing for me and all players and coaches will take lie detector tests.”
Whilst one can understand Mr Mareshki’s consternation this may not be the best way to build up your team’s morale.
Also the defeat itself is not that earth-shattering as to have sparked talk of match-fixing. For the record prior to the game in question Lokomotiv Plovdiv had accrued one win from five games and the defeat was a fairly slender one that leaves Botev Vratsa just four points behind their opponents.
Either way get your money on a Plovdiv defeat in their next fixture as the playing staff are not going to take such treatment very well.
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