Steaua Bucharest referred to as 'hosts' after being stripped of their name and crest

Romania’s most successful club have lost a legal battle with the country’s defence ministry.

Ukraine Soccer Europa League AP / Press Association Images The Steaua team lining out in the Europa League earlier this season. AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

STEAUA BUCHAREST HAVE been stripped of their name, colours and crest by a court ruling.

The Romanian champions, who won the European Cup in 1986, defeated CSMS lasi in a league game yesterday but were simply referred to as ‘hosts’ on the scoreboard and had to play in a change kit which had the emblem removed from their jerseys.

As reported by The Guardian, the unusual legal battle with the country’s defence ministry stems from a claim that the club, founded in 1947 as an army team, have been using the Steaua brand illegally since 2004.

They have been given a reprieve for this week’s Europa League match against Dinamo Kiev but must reach an agreement if they want to hold onto trademark beyond that point.

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