Bucharest, October 19, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Irina Stoica
The Romanian football championship is basically looking more like a swimming competition – everybody is fighting to keep its head above in very troubled waters. The TV audience is declining and on top of that came the announcement that more than half of the teams playing in “Liga 1” risk losing points by the end of October. That includes 2 of the top 3 teams. The reason is that they have debts, according to a statement made for Prosport newspaper by an important member of the Romanian Football Federation staff.
The head of the Licensing Department, Viorel Duru, was quoted saying that it would be easier to name the teams that were not under scrutiny. That’s because financial indiscipline affects 9 of the 14 squads. “This is the first year when we monitor a club’s financial situation under new terms. It’s obvious that until now they would accumulate debt along the year and then tried to pay everything back by the 31st of March the following year. But now we make an additional check in June and by the end of September all teams must be free of debt. The problem is that the clubs are not used to this type of management – responsible management that is. So they stepped off the right path”, Duru said.
The teams that risk losing three points are Astra Giurgiu (currently leader in Liga 1 ranking), Dinamo Bucharest (currently 3rd in Liga 1), Viitorul Costanta (4th place), Pandurii Targu Jiu (5th place), ASA Targu Mures (6th place), CFR Cluj, FC Botosani (11th) and Petrolul Ploiesti (14th).