The Liga I match between Steaua Bucharest and Petrolul Ploiesti has witnessed a few minutes of utter carnage that saw the game suspended and reflects terribly on the state of the game in Romania.
Steaua were 2-0 up going into the dying seconds of the first half, thanks to goals on 36 and 45, when a fan (presumably of Petrolul Ploiesti, initial reports suggest he is part of a “drug gang”) ran on to the pitch and from behind punched 30-year-old defender George Galamaz.
A number of Steaua players immediately waded in. But for their part in attacking the pitch invader, Novak Martinovic and keeper Razvan Stanca were sent off.
Seconds later, when the match resumed, a flare was thrown on to the pitch from behind the Steaua goal which hit Ciprian Tatarusanu.Â By this time the referee, after a 20 minute delay, had no choice but to abandon the match.
Initial reports from Romania suggest Steaua Bucharest will be awarded the game 3-0, both Galamaz andÂ Tatarusanu have been rushed to hospital with serious injuries and Petrolul Ploiesti’s ground will likely be shut down for a year.