Romanian game is left in crisis

October 19, 2004
By Radu Timofte
BUCHAREST, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Romanian striker Adrian Mutu's positive test for cocaine is a savage kick in the stomach for a nation already winded by soccer scandals.

The 25-year-old, a hero among his compatriots, now faces a two-year ban after testing positive for the recreational drug on October 1.

The Chelsea player is said to be 'destroyed' by the positive test. Its effect on the reputation of soccer in the east European nation could be no less damaging.

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