domestic football season was resumed late last week, with a one-day delay
reported for the scheduled date of the season's debut fixture, because of the
COVID-19 outbreak. In the first match, to be played this past Friday in Craiova
and counting towards Group 1, Universitatea Craiova was supposed to take on FC
Botosani. The fixture was postponed, since the physician of FC Botosani tested
positive for COVID-19. In another match, scheduled this past Saturday, a group
2 fixture this time, Dinamo Bucharest was supposed to take on Chindia Targoviste.
The fixture was postponed as well, as a member of Dinamo staff also tested
positive for COVID-19, so the pools of regulars for both teams have been placed
in lockdown. Public Healthcare Directorates have opened an epidemiological
inquest to that end.
domestic championship fixtures for the two teams scheduled this week and
counting towards the fourth leg of the Group1/Group2 stage have been postponed.
FC Botosani had a home game on schedule against holders CFR Cluj, while
Dinamo's planned match was the one against FC Hermannstadt in Sibiu. Lockdown
will last for seven days: footballers will be tested for a second time around
and they may return to the pitch, provided things go well for them from a
medical point of view. The Secretary General of Romania's Professional Football
League Justin Stefan even said that this coming weekend Dinamo might be playing
their fifth-leg Group 2 fixture against Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe. In effect, the
most serious problems for the domestic football League are posed by Dinamo,
since the Group 1 final period may be postponed, which may lead to an extension
of the ongoing season. Digisport.ro has quoted Justin Stefan as saying that League
One's Group 1 season will have to end before August 2nd this year,
as August the 3rd is the set date for UEFA to officially receive the
list of teams that have got through to the European Cups. League One's Group 2
stage can be extended after the date of August 3. Under the circumstances,
relegation and promotion fixtures may be rescheduled, but that in turn will
affect the kick-start of the forthcoming season, scheduled on August 15. Dinamo
also has Romanian Cup fixtures on schedule. In the semifinals, Dinamo will face
FCSB on June 24 and July 8.
(Translation by Eugen Nasta)