Bulgarian side forfeit match to save morale

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A third division side in Bulgaria have chosen not to play a cup fixture in order to maintain their morale, the Metro reports.

PFC Shumen, who's squad is largely made up of young Bulgarians and Italians, were drawn against top-flight Chernomorets Burgas in the round of 32 in the Bulgarian Cup, have officially pulled out of the tie rather than face the possibility of a heavy loss.

Shumen's president, Georgi Georgiey, was the man who made the official decision to call of the fixture, initially scheduled for September 18, as he is particularly fearful of the effect a large goal deficit could have on his squad's overall morale.

Georgiey issued a statement from his club shortly after the draw was made for the Bulgarian Cup, and in it he said: "In order not to burden mentally our young boys, the team refuse to participate in the Bulgarian Cup."

The Bulgarian Football Union haven't yet made any comment regarding Shumen's decision to drop out of the competition.

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