The worth of a Romanian soccer player — in meat

I can’t believe I missed this piece of news in my usual activity of finding what foreign outlets have to say about Romania. But an item on my favorite geek show, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (the NPR news quiz) clued me in on the story of a Romanian soccer player traded for… meat!

Below is the Reuters item in its entirety. I really have no comment.

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romanian second division soccer club UT Arad sold a player in exchange for 15 kilograms of meat, local sport daily Pro Sport reported on Monday.

However, fourth division Regal Horia made a bad deal because defender Marius Cioara decided to end his footballing career and take off to Spain to find a job in agriculture or construction.

“We are upset because we lost twice – firstly because we lost a good player and secondly because we lost our team’s food for a whole week,” a Regal Horia official was quoted as saying by the daily in its electronic edition.

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