U Jolidon handball
players enter strike
The players of women’s handball club U Jolidon Cluj have notified the club’s leadership yesterday that they will go on strike because of the club’s failure to pay their salaries in the last two months. According to Mediafax, after the training session the players notified their head coach and their sports director that they have entered a strike. The players will show up at the sports hall but won’t take part in training sessions. ‘We promised them that they will be paid when they return from the training camp in Vatra Dornei. That was last week. Unfortunately a mix-up occurred; we relied on the funds that come from the mayoralty and those did not come on time. It’s a difficult time but a strike won’t solve the problems because there are unpaid salaries everywhere,’ Olga Stanciu, the representative of U Jolidon’s financer, stated.
The Romanian teams are preparing for the 5th round of group games in the Europa League. Steaua, Dinamo, Timisoara and Cluj will face their group opponents today and on Thursday. The teams have no chances to qualify beyond the group stage. Thus, Steaua Bucharest will play at Tiraspol against Sheriff, while Timisoara will play at home against Ajax Amsterdam. Both teams are at the bottom of Group H and Group I respectively. On Thursday Dinamo will play against Sturm Graz, while CFR Cluj will play against FC Copenhagen. Dinamo is 3rd in Group F, while CFR Cluj is last in Group K.
FC Timisoara, new League I leader
5 teams are in a tie in the League I standings. FC Timisoara, CFR Cluj, Steaua Bucharest, Unirea Urziceni and FC Vaslui have 28 points and are followed by Rapid (27 points) and Dinamo (25 points).
Unirea Urziceni defeated Gloria Bistrita on Monday, score 2-0. The game counted for leg 15. FC Brasov defeated Politehnica Iasi, score 2-0. The games were tense. Despite being at the top of the League I standings Unirea threatens to no longer take part in the championship after the season break if Romanian referees will continue to be used for its games. Unirea manager Mihai Stoica has asked for foreign referees, claiming that his team has been disadvantaged several times. In the last game of the leg, Otelul Galati defeated Astra Ploiesti 3-2.
Penev banned from
CSKA Sofia coach Lyuboslav Penev will miss his team’s Europa League match at Fulham this week because a Bulgarian court upheld his travel ban over unpaid bank loans, Mediafax informs. Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry had banned Penev from leaving the country for failing to settle a EUR 1.2 M debt owed to the local Corporate Investment Bank. Yesterday, a court in the city of Burgas ruled against Penev’s appeal, saying it was “lacking any substance.”
Marion Jones hopes for basketball redemption
Disgraced Olympic sprinter Marion Jones is hoping to make a sporting comeback in women’s professional basketball. The 34-year-old was released from prison last year after serving most of a six-month sentence for lying about her use of steroids and has been working out on the basketball court since October.Jones, who played basketball at the University of North Carolina and won a national championship, is hoping to pick up a deal in Europe and then sign for a WNBA team in time for the 2010. (Reuters)
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