Sign of the times where football clubs cannot be accountable to the contracts that were made with their players. Football is a business like any other and if you can't pay your staff then you shouldn't employ them. It is no wonder that protests were made and action taken. Ironically, many football fans call for football clubs to go back grass roots where player play for the love of the game not money. It may lead to this if the club get demoted even further in the future.
In the last few weeks, the BFU has upheld claims by 19 players that Botev, twice Bulgarian champions, breached their contracts by failing to pay them for several months.
The club, who were bottom of the division, also failed to pay taxes and fines imposed by the football authorities.
The Bulgarian championship resumes on Friday after a winter break of two-and-a-half months. Botev will be marked down as having 3-0 defeats in all their matches until the end of the championship.
Botev, who celebrate their centenary in 2012, will most probably be relegated to the Balkan country's third division.
"It's a pity because Botev are a club with a great history," said BFU vice-president Atanas Furnadzhiev. "However, the BFU has to observe its rules."
Botev's players have been unable to train this year because of disruptive protests by fans who accused club president Dimitar Hristolov of doing little to pull the club out of financial trouble and of obstructing several candidates interested in buying the club.