BUCHAREST - Romanian champions CFR Cluj
sacked coach Sorin Cartu on Thursday after he smashed up the
dugout during the 1-0 Champions League defeat away at Basel on
Football's governing body UEFA added that they were opening a
disciplinary case against the club for what they described as
the coach's "improper conduct."
"Due to this unwanted gesture committed by Sorin Cartu we
have decided to sack him from his current position," CFR Cluj
president Iuliu Muresan said in a statement on the club's website.
"We would like to give our most sincere apologies, first of
all to UEFA, the host of the Champions League competition, to
the Swiss club FC Basel, to our fans and to all football and
Cartu, 55, repeatedly kicked the side of the shelter with
his feet, smashing through the perspex glass.
Cluj are bottom of Group E with three points from five
matches and cannot qualify for the knockout stage.
Cartu was appointed to replace Andrea Mandorlini in
September after an indifferent start to the season, even though
the Italian had led them to the double last season.
Alin Minteuan, formerly the club's assistant coach, will
After winning their opening match in Group E, Cluj have lost
their last four. They host AS Roma in their final group game on
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