Bulgaria defender Minev banned

Bulgaria defender Veselin Minev has been banned for two matches by FIFA for his role in a fracas during his team's 1-0 win over Armenia in a World Cup qualifier on Sept 11.

Left back Minev, who escaped unpunished in a tense game featuring three red cards, was also fined 6,000 Swiss francs by soccer's world governing body.

The suspension means that Minev, who turns 32 on Sunday and plays for Turkish club Antalyaspor, will miss Bulgaria's qualifiers against Denmark on Friday and away to Czech Republic four days later.

Bulgaria coach Luboslav Penev, who will also have to manage without suspended midfielder Svetoslav Dyakov, was still considering whether to call up a replacement for Minev.

Bulgaria have enjoyed a solid start to their qualifying campaign, drawing 2-2 at home with Euro 2012 runners-up Italy and beating Armenia 1-0 to lie second in Group B with four points, level with leaders Italy