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May 24, 2022

Only 16 teams in League I?

After unanimously voting for the halving of the players’ salaries, the presidents and owners of Romanian football clubs are looking for new solutions for a way out of the crisis. Mitica Dragomir (photo), the head of the Professional Football League (LPF), does not rule out drastic measures that include reducing the number of League I teams from 18 to 16.

‘If this dastardly crisis continues I consider proposing Mircea Sandu (the president of the Romanian Football Federation – editor’s note) to reduce the number of teams to 16 if the clubs fail to redress themselves from a financial point of view. But I’ll do that only after I obtain the General Assembly’s approval,’ Dumitru Dragomir stated for the public TV station. ‘30-40 per cent of Romanian clubs are already at breaking point from the financial point of view. I have never seen this in my entire life!’ Dragomir added. This wouldn’t be the first time when the 16-teams system is used after 1989 but the leaders of the Romanian world of football had to give in to the insistent demands of club owners and club presidents.

The Romanian Football Federation also announced for some time now the reformation of the system at the level of lower leagues. The Federation led by Mircea Sandu promised some time ago that the former ‘Division B’ will have only one echelon containing 20 teams. At this moment League II has two echelons but the teams have a difficult time handling the expenses. Each year an increasing number of teams pull out because of the financial crisis.

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