Originally Posted by Heartsfan
Why exactly do you dislike Romanov? Is it not a bit of jealousy?
And anyway, haven't Kaunas won the Lithuanian league for the majority of its existence?
It will be hard for you to understand situation in our football. In Scotland every move, match or speech is widely announced, strict league rules for years already. So no space for any speculation, briberies, etc. It's different here.
Romanovas' bank Ukio bankas is sponsor of other 3 clubs in top league. Our FA (LFF) president and chairman of National Association of Clubs (NFKA, which helds championship) are members of bank's board.
Another club (Silute) has 9 players on loan from Kaunas, two more has 2 inside. Despite being pretty decent mid-tablers this and last season they all lost to Kaunas, some of them thrashed easily. But when Kaunas met more independent clubs like Vilnius, Vetra or Ekranas - lost all matches this year.
Last year Silute had 7 players on loan. They lost three matches to Kaunas and drew once - when on-loan Slovakian Pastva scored equaliser in 88' by his individual run, Then he was chased by Kaunas players on the pitch and after match one of Kaunas heads explained to him in front of crowd not picking the words, when he can score and when don't. After that Slovakian dissapeared for few weeks.
Another situation from last year. Clubs played Cup matches on Wednesday, four Silute's on-loan players received bookings and were suspended for league match on Sunday against Kaunas' rivals and main title challengers Ekranas. So what did they do? Kaunas decided to move their own match against Silute to Friday - that would be 3 matches in 5 days - and of course Silute agrees. Stadium where Kaunas played their home matches was in minor reconstruction, but is that a problem? They can play away. So match was played 200 km away with attendance of 16, Kaunas won, Silute' players passed their suspensions and took points from us on Sunday.
Despite losing points to almost all teams in league, we won 3 matches against Kaunas with aggregate score 6-0. And with 1 round left both clubs were level on points. That last match was between challengers at Ekranas' ground. With two days left NFKA helds a meeting in Ukio bankas, where took part only representatives of 5 clubs (5 is a majority of 9-member board), that were linked with Kaunas all season. So they decided to disqualify Ekranas for ilegal bribery of Kaunas' players and give victory 3-0 to Kaunas. No any arguments, proofs or explanations were given. After scandal increased, next day LFF decided match should be played and decisions will be taken next week. No wonder that on the matchday young Ekranas players simply overburned, played more aggresive than usually and lost match 0-2.
Why the hell should Ekranas bribe their opponents when they won all matches against them that season and only one more victory at home divides them from title?
In 2003 season scenario was pretty much the same, though decisive match with two rounds left was won by Kaunas fairly.