Cluj fires coach Cartu for smashing up team dugout
Sorin Cartu was fired as coach of Romanian champion Cluj on Thursday for violently attacking the team dugout during a Champions League game at FC Basel.
Cartu kicked out a dugout panel in frustration, sending shards of plastic flying through the air during his team's 1-0 loss in Switzerland on Tuesday. He was then restrained by a club official.
''Due to this unwanted gesture committed by Sorin Cartu we have decided to sack him from his current position,'' Cluj said in a statement on its website. ''The image and the values of the club cannot be associated with the misbehavior.''
Cluj apologized to Champions League organizer UEFA, to Basel and ''to all football and sports fans.''
Cluj's defeat ensured it would be eliminated in last place in Group E. Basel's win guaranteed it at least a third-place finish and entry into the Europa League, with Bayern Munich and AS Roma expected to advance to the Champions League knockout phase.
Cluj has appointed Alin Minteuan as coach.