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FC Timisoara gets back the 6 points from CAS, will participate in the Champions League qualifiers

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne on Thursday announced on its official internet site that FC Timisoara will get back the 6 points it had been previously sanctioned with, a move that allows the Romanian football club to participate in the preliminary 3rd round of the Champions League, as it jumps now on the second place in the Romanian First League.


“The deduction of six points from S.C. Fotbal Club Timisoara S.A.’s first team ordered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 3 September 2008 and implemented by the FRF by decision of 4 September 2008 is cancelled,” writes a CAS release.


“The CAS arbitrators considered that the club had complied, on a timely basis, with the orders which had been imposed by the CAS in its previous decisions. As a consequence, the CAS Panel ruled that a six-point deduction was not justified,” CAS wrote on its web site.


Here are the six points of the CAS decision:


1. The appeal filed by S.C. Fotbal Club Timisoara S.A. is partially upheld.


2. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s decision dated September 3, 2008 is set aside.


3. The decision of the Executive Committee of the Romanian Football Federation dated September 4, 2008 is set aside.


4. The deduction of six points from S.C. Fotbal Club Timisoara S.A.’s first team ordered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 3 September 2008 and implemented by the RFF by decision of 4 September 2008 is cancelled.


5. FIFA may still enforce the payment of the amount due by S.C. Fotbal Club Timisoara S.A according to item two of the operative part of the CAS award 2006/A/1109.


6. All other motions or prayers for relief are dismissed. 


This arbitration is the sequel of a dispute which dates back to 2006 between SC Fotbal Club Timisoara S.A. (which had the name F.C.U Politechnica Timisoara in 2006) and FC Politechnica Timisoara S.A. Considering that the two clubs had almost the same name and the same colours, the CAS ruled in 2006 on the measures to be taken in order to avoid any risk of confusion between the two clubs.  According to this decision FCU Politechnica Timisoara S.A. was obliged to change its name, colours and logo and to pay financial compensation to the other club. In a second decision dated 25 April 2008 CAS threatened FCU Politechnica Timisoara that six points would be deducted from the championship if it would not change its colour and name by 30 June 2008.  On 3 September 2008, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee considered that S.C. Fotbal Club Timisoara S.A. (formerly FCU Politechnica Timisoara) had not complied with the last CAS award and requested the Romanian Football Federation (RFF) to deduct six points from S.C. Fotbal Club Timisoara’s first team.  The next day, the RFF implemented the six-point deduction.

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