Second-tier Romanian leaders say they can appeal a 'discriminatory' ruling

BUCHAREST: Romanian second division leaders UTA Arad He said Thursday that they could appeal a totally discriminatory decision by the national soccer federation for completing the second division season with playoffs among the top six teams with their points cut in half.

The Romanian leagues have been on hold since mid-March as part of measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus with UTA leading the standings with 50 points from 23 matches, followed by CS Mioveni and Turris-Oltul with 39 points.

But FRF the ruling means that the second division championship will resume with UTA's lead reduced to five points as they would start with 25 points, while Mioveni and Turris-Oltul would have 20 points each on restart.

The FRF said they made the decision after all teams in the second tier voted three different options.

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UTA, based in the western town of Arad, they would respect the vote and continue their participation in the league but accused the FRF of not offering any viable scenario without halving points.

We reserve the right to appeal the decision of the (FRF) Executive Committee to the competent bodies, UTA, based in the western town of Arad, said in a statement, adding it was a discriminatory decision only against thei club.

We are extremely disappointed, but we have to move on, said the UTA coach Laszlo Balint . This is a totally discriminatory decision, which favors five teams and totally puts one: UTA at a disadvantage.

FRF President Razvan Burleanu defended the ruling, saying it was the best decision and that it was backed by an overwhelming majority (15 of the 19 teams in the division voted in favor).

This decision is a commitment that we must all accept, Burleanu said, adding that the teams will play five games each with the first three with the advantage of organizing three games.

Burleanu expects the second division to resume on July 4 and end on August 5.