Romanian club asks CAS for relegation reprieve

Romanian club Concordia Chiajna has asked the Court of

Arbitration for Sport for a reprieve from relegation from the top

division, which resumes play this week, because of a rival’s

financial problems.

CAS says Concordia has appealed against Romanian Football

Federation decisions, and requests an urgent interim ruling.

On Saturday, Concordia lost a relegation playoff against

mid-table Rapid Bucharest, which was denied a license by the

federation for financial reasons. Unlicensed clubs are typically

punished by automatic relegation.

CAS says Concordia argues that Rapid should not have been

eligible for the playoff match.

Rapid’s financial issues led UEFA in May to impose a one-season

suspension from European club competitions and a ?100,000

($130,500) fine.

In a second Romanian case at CAS this month, Universitatea Cluj

successfully challenged its relegation order.