Bulgarian PM wins player of year but wants award annulled

Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borisov wants the country's player-of-the-year poll annulling after he won ahead of Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov.

The 52-year-old, who plays occasionally as a striker for third division side Vitosha Bistritsa, collected 44% of the votes in the fans' poll.

Berbatov was second with 24% but Borisov said: "It's a protest vote.

"It is a signal that Bulgarian football needs reforms and a new policy. Organisers should annul the vote."

The Bulgarian national team and domestic clubs were criticised by the country's media and supporters after a series of poor results in European competition.

Bulgaria finished bottom of their Euro 2012 qualifying group with just five points from eight games - their worst performance in major tournament qualifying.

Their solitary victory in the group came with a 1-0 win in Wales, but they lost the return fixture by the same margin and also lost 3-0 at home to England.

Bulgaria's domestic sides fared little better with none reaching the Champions League or Europa League group stages.

Just 8,000 supporters took part in the poll, which saw Vasil Lukaev, from amateur team Shipka Dragor, come third.