Pitchside Europe: Romania shamed by Petrolul fan attack

“Once synonymous with the artful playmaking of Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian football has instead become renowned for corruption and mismanagement in recent years. Suspicions of crooked officiating are rife and the president of the country’s refereeing commission, Vasile Avram, was arrested last month on charges of accepting bribes. Last season’s Liga I runners-up FC Timişoara, meanwhile, are currently playing in the second division due to unpaid debts owed to both the national government and Benfica, while Gloria Bistriţa were also demoted to the second tier over financial irregularities.”

This week’s Pitchside Europe column for Eurosport, on a dark night for Romanian football, can be found here.

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