The Judean People’s Front or the People’s Front of Judea

Published 13 October 2009

By Gary Rice, Beauchamps Solicitors

A recent decision of the he Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) involves S.C. Fotbal Club Timisoara S.A., FIFA and the Romanian Football Federation (RFF).

 

The arbitration follows a dispute which began in 2006 between S.C. Fotbal Club Timisoara S.A., which was going by the name F.C.U. Politechnica Timisoara, and FC Politechnica Timisoara S.A. which objected. CAS ruled that measures had to be taken to avoid risk of confusion between the two clubs, which also had similar colours. F.C.U. Politechnica Timisoara was ordered by the RFF to change its name, colours and logo and pay financial compensation to the other club in 2006. In 2008, CAS threatened F.C.U. Politechnica Timisoara with a six point deduction if it did not change its colours and name by the end of June 2008. In September 2008 FIFA determined that S.C. Fotbal Club Timisoara S.A. (remember, formerly F.C.U. Politechnica Timisoara) had not complied with the 2008 CAS award and requested that the RFF deduct six points from S.C. Fotbal Club Timisoara S.A. The RFF complied. S.C. Fotbal Club Timisoara S.A. appealed to CAS to annul the RFF decision and the subsequent reaffirmation of its decision by FIFA. CAS agreed with S.C. Fotbal Club Timisoara S.A. and having determined that the club had complied on a timely basis with the orders imposed by it, CAS ordered the six points to be returned to the first team. What was the question again? 

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