CSKA Sofia goalkeeper forced to borrow rent money off parents

CSKA Sofia fans
CSKA Sofia fans were involved in violent protests at the headquarters of the Bulgarian Football Union in 2013 over the running of their club

CSKA Sofia goalkeeper Maksims Uvarenko claims he has been forced to borrow money from his parents after going three months without pay.

The Bulgarian club has asked fans for financial help after being threatened with expulsion from their country's top flight over debts.

Latvian Uvarenko joined CSKA in January but told local media: "I still haven't received any salary.

"I was forced to accept some cash from my parents to pay the rent."

The 31-times Bulgarian champions, semi-finalists in the European Cup in 1967 and 1982, have struggled financially since being sold by owner Vasil Bozhkov in 2006.

They have not settled debts with Bulgaria's National Social Security Institute and National Revenue Agency, but despite their problems are second in the league behind Ludogorets.

"The lack of money is the biggest problem I've faced at CSKA," added 28-year-old Uvarenko, who has played once since moving from Ventspils.

"My wife and I are expecting a child and we can't afford to stay without money."