Romanian side Poli Iasi troll Cluj with Celtic kitted ball boys

By Hamish Carton

October 29, 2019

Romanian top-flight side Poli Iasi defeated CFR Cluj on Monday evening with a little bit of help from the iconic Celtic shirt.

The Liga 1 outfit came from behind to defeat Dan Petrescu’s table-toppers, as Cluj suffered a third defeat in five matches. The winning goal may have arrived just 15 minutes from time but the biggest take-away from the game was arguably still the home side’s ball boys.

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Poli had their ball retrievers kitted out in Celtic home shirts – apparently in homage to the Hoops’ recent 2-0 success over the Romanian champions in the Europa League. Romanian journalist Emanuel Rosu broke the story on Twitter.

Poli Iasi aren’t the first side to adopt Celtic ball boys

Some Celtic fans with good memories may not be able to shake the feeling that this has happened before. And they’d be right.

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Back in 2015, fellow Romanian side FC Botosani adopted the same ploy in a European qualifier against Legia Warsaw. The Polish side had been eliminated by ourselves in controversial circumstances the previous year after fielding an illegible player while 6-1 up on aggregate.

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The UEFA expulsion verdict didn’t go down too well in Poland and neither did the Botosani ball boys – as Legia soon wrapped up a 4-0 aggregate win.

But it seems like Poli Iasi have followed their rivals’ lead, and perhaps even used the exact same kits, after Rosu confirmed that Monday’s match had also been played in Botosani.

It’s great to see Celtic’s iconic kit being used on the continent to wind up our rivals. Let’s just hope the shirts are all being kept in safe storage for their next inevitable outing in four years time.