In retort, the technical director of the Romanians Football Federation (FRF), Mihai Stoichita, said the match had been beyond reproach and it had been a “tremendous” responsibility, as it involved the presence of so many children. As for the Norwegian side’s accusations, Stoichita replied that next time the match will be relocated to the Opera stage “to have total silence”.
“How dare the Norwegian press say we had tribal shouts? Next time, we’ll relocate the match on the stage of the Opera House to have total silence. This is football, you express your emotions by shouting. There had been nothing trivial, nothing improper last night regarding the conduct of these wonderful little supported”, the FRF official stated.
Romania’s followers were deemed to have engaged in racist chanting, as their team took on Spain and Malta in September.
Additionally, Romania supporters invaded the field of play, set off fireworks and threw objects, according to UEFA.
The Romanian Football Federation was ordered to ensure the next UEFA competition match was played behind closed doors, with a second game subject to a one-year probationary suspension.
Financial penalties were also dished out, with fines of EUR 83,000 for the Romanian Football Federation.