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Saudi's coach sacked after winning top prize

Romanian coach insulted Saudi royal family

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The Romanian head coach of Saudi Arabia's top soccer team was sacked and ordered to leave the country on Saturday for insulting the Saudi royal family a day after his team won the Crown Prince Cup.

Al-Hilal team announced that Cosmin Olaroiu had been fired, and the Saudi football federation ordered him to leave the country, one day after his team took the match in a 1-0 overtime victory over Al-Shabab.

After the game, Olaroiu threw his shirt picturing Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz onto the ground in front of the prince's representative at the game, Riyadh Deputy Governor Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz.

Olariou, 39, was reportedly angered that organizers did not invite the entire team up to the podium to celebrate their victory.

"The Saudi federation has decided to suspend Al-Hilal coach the Romanian Cosmin Olaroiu and not allow him to coach inside Saudi Arabia in the future due to his unacceptable behavior after the end of the final match of the Crown Prince Cup yesterday," the federation said in a statement.

"The decision is based on the throwing of the shirt he was wearing that carried the picture of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, and his refusal to go to the main podium to be honored with greeting the patron of the match," it said.

Olaroiu led Hilal to win last year’s championship and the Crown Prince Cup before shining again last Friday by winning the cup for the second year in a row.

The club enjoys a strong chance of winning this year's professional league as it is tied 43 points with rival al-Ittihad but leads in the number of goals scored.

The crown prince is currently recuperating in the United States after undergoing an operation last week in New York for an unspecified ailment.

The Saudi federation has decided to suspend Al-Hilal coach the Romanian Cosmin Olaroiu and not allow him to coach inside Saudi Arabia in the future

Saudi Football Federation