Steaua Bucharest Stripped Of Name, Badge And Colours Following Romanian Court Ruling

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Romanian champions have their identity brutally stripped.

Romanian giants Steaua Bucharest are facing an uncertain future after being stripped of their name, badge and colours after a supreme court ruling, according to the Metro.

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The 25-time Romanian champions were owned by the country’s army for many years until 1998 when it went into private ownership.

However, the Ministry of National Defence decided to take legal action against the club’s imprisoned owner, Gigi Becali, over the trademarked usage of the side’s identity.

This past weekend saw the club play their first game since the Supreme Court ruled in the government’s favour.

Pictures from the game quickly made their way across the internet as their badge had to be covered up and their name on the scoreboard changed to simply ‘hosts’.

Becali is currently in prison for three years after being convicted of using his former role as administrator of the state’s public property land to acquire land for himself.

Should the club’s appeal fail they could even be stripped of their 1986 European Cup title as well as many of their awards for winning their domestic league.

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