Saudi football coach sacked after a royal insult

Romanian Cosmin Olaroiu, head coach of Saudi powerhouse Al-Hilal, was fired and ordered to leave The Kingdom less than 24 hours after he led his team to lift Crown Prince Cup after beating Al-Shabab 1-0 this weekend.

After the game TV cameras caught Olaroiu throwing his shirt bearing the picture of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz on the grass, right in front of the prince’s representative at the game, before he turned his back on the celebrations and childishly stormed off the pitch.

The incident sparked into life when the Al-Hilal coach tried to lead his entire team to the main podium to celebrate their victory, only for local security officers to deny this request. Olaroiu was seen clashing with the security officers, before he marched off into the dressing-room as he threw his toys out his pram.

Following the incident the Saudi federation released the following statement. “The Saudi Football Federation has decided to suspend Al-Hilal coach Cosmin Olaroiu of Romania and not allow him to coach inside Saudi Arabia in the future due to his unacceptable behavior after the final of the Crown Prince Cup.”

In response, Olaroiu attempted unsuccessfully to defuse the situation with a public apology. “I am really sorry, I did not mean it and I did not know that there was a picture of Crown Prince printed on the shirt as I was very tired and nervous. If I have a word to say I would like to express my deep warm feelings to Saudi people and to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz and thank you all.”

Cosmin Olaroiu’s undignified tantrum can be seen here.