Armenia Draw Prompts Resignation

BUCHAREST (Reuters)–Romania coach Anghel Iordanescu offered to resign on Thursday on returning home from the 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Armenia.

"Iordanescu put his resignation (letter) on the Romania Soccer Federation (FRF) president’s table," an FRF source–who declined to be named–told Reuters.

Romanian fans met their team’s flight from Yerevan on Thursday with calls for Iordanescu to resign.

Angry and disillusioned fans met the flight brandishing banners while a Romanian website poll reported that 96 percent of respondents wanted Iordanescu to go.

The disappointing draw saw Romania lose the lead in Group One and dented their chances of making the 2006 extravaganza in Germany.

The result gave Armenia their first point in five matches. The Netherlands–with a match in hand–leapfrogged Romania on goal difference after beating Andorra 3-0.

"God punished you" and "Iordanescu’s time is over," ran large headlines on the front page of Pro Sport daily–after the players refused to speak to the media before or after the match on Wednesday.


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