Romanian striker Adrian Mutu's positive test for cocaine is a savage kick in the stomach for a nation already winded by soccer scandals.
Romania's Professional Soccer League (LPF) has banned a first division club president for two years and fined him for assaulting a referee and a visiting team's coach earlier this month.
After years of failing to score any major victory in international competition, Romanian club bosses are turning to a new sport: politics.
Romania coach Anghel Iordanescu was handed a two-year contract extension on Thursday even though his team has all but failed to qualify for next year's European championship finals.
Romania captain Gheorghe Popescu retired from international soccer after his team's embarrassing 5-2 defeat by Denmark in a Euro 2004 Group Two qualifier on Saturday.