Steaua and Dinamo fined by the Romanian Football Federation01 June 2006

The Disciplinary Commission of the Romanian Football Federation decided on 25 May to sanction Steaua Bucharest and Dinamo Bucharest with a fine of 30.000 Swiss francs. Additionally, both team have to play their next home match behind closed doors.

The FARE network have forwarded reports and a video to FIFA and UEFA showing racist chants by Steaua supporters discriminating Rapid Bucharest players and fans as “gypsies” after winning the match against Sportul on 21 May. Dinamo Bucharest supporters abused the Ivoirian defender Mariko Daouda from FC Arges Pitesti as “nigger” and “crow” one day earlier after winning the away game.

In line with FIFA’s recent introduction of tougher penalties for incidents of racism in stadiums, the FIFA Disciplinary Department became active. FIFA told FARE that “although this [Steaua] match is not under direct jurisdiction of FIFA, we have shown concern for the situation and requested first-hand information from the Romanian Football Federation itself.”

Regarding both incidents, the FARE partner in Romania, the National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD), took measures and asked the Discipline Commission of the Romanian Football Federation to take action.

In CNCDs press release from 26 May its president Mr Asztalos considers the sanctions as “sufficient and proportional”. He expressed the hope “that such incidents will no longer happen”.

Strong reaction by fans
After FARE has reported on the incident on its website the anti-racism network had received over 100 e-mail messages from Steaua, Rapid and Sportul supporters.

The biggest internet community of Steaua fans, fcsteaua.ro, have sent a detailed statement to FARE, explaining the situation in Romanian stadiums in general and the involvement of Roma member in their community and the popularity of Roma players of their club among Steaua supporters.

A member of fcsteaua.ro visited FAREs coordination office in Vienna to explain that there had been no fascist salutes from supporters of his community. He invited FARE to Bucharest and announced that fcsteaua.ro will help to stop racist and anti-gypsy chants and also to consider a participation in the forthcoming FARE action week against racism and discrimination to be held between 17 and 30 October 2006.