Violet is so last season
The Romanian equivalent of FC United or AFC Wimbledon has been docked points for continuing to use the identity of its former guise. FC Timisoara have been order by the Romanian football federation and FIFA to stop using the name, colours and club history of rivals FC Politehnica Timisoara.
FC Politehnica Timisoara was bought by Italian businessman Claudio Zambon and moved to the outskirts of Bucharest (which is probably favourable in comparison to a move to Milton Keynes!). The understandably disgruntled former owners of the club set-up a new club in Timisoara called FC Timisoara.
A Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling in 2006 said the new club should stop using the name, colours and club history of the former club, but they have so far only agreed to change the team name. Under pressure from FIFA to implement the court order, the Romanian federation released a statement on its website which said: “Taking into consideration FIFA’s letter, six points were deducted from FC Timisoara … [because the order] banning the use of the colour violet (on the team strip) was not implemented.”
Club owner Marian Iancu took the decision well. He said: “Timisoara doesn’t exist anymore, my decision to quit is final. The team will no longer play matches and will (therefore) be kicked out of the competition.”