Romanian cash crisis deepens as top clubs docked points and cut from Euro competition

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May 26 – Three Romanian top-flight clubs have had points deducted for failing to put their financial affairs in order.

Domestic  Cup winners CFR Cluj will start next season on minus nine while ASA Targu Mures, who finished in sixth place, and bottom club Petrolul Ploiesti who have already been relegated to the second tier, were hit with a six-point deduction.

Cluj and Targu Mures qualified for the Europa League preliminary rounds but will not be able to compete in Europe’s second-tier competition because they have been declared insolvent after running up large debts.

Last year, Cluj, who won three league titles between 2008 and 2012, were hit with a 24-point deduction but the Court of Arbitration for Sport annulled the punishment.

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