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CSKA to sue BFU after Champs Lge exclusion

SOFIA, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Bulgarian champions CSKA Sofia will take legal action against the national football union after being excluded from the European Champions League, the club said on Wednesday.

CSKA were banned from European competition after the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said in June that they had failed to meet licensing criteria because they owed money to the state and creditors.

Lawyer Thomas Summerer said the BFU had failed in its duty towards CSKA, who won last season's domestic championship without losing a match and earned a place in the Champions League third qualifying round.

"The BFU didn't observe its own normative documents and didn't treat CSKA as it should have done," Summerer told a news conference.

"It's the BFU's duty to take care of its members. Such a thing would have never happened in Germany," added Summerer, who has worked with some of the leading teams in the Bundesliga.

CSKA president Alexandar Tomov complained several times that the club, 31 times Bulgarian champions, had not received support from the BFU and said the Champions League exclusion could have easily been avoided.

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