Romanian second division side try to show anti-war message, mess it up badly

When it comes to displaying an anti-war message, a Romanian second division team had the most unique take.

The football world has united in condemnation against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with touching tributes from both teams and players. In particular, fans have shown support for their Ukrainian stars.

For example, Ukrainian striker Andriy Yarmolenko received an ovation from fans as he scored for West Ham on Sunday. He found the net to help give West Ham a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

Tributes from teams have included messages in support of Ukraine and messages calling for the end of the war. Of course, it is the thought that counts whatever direction a team decides to take in their stance against the conflict.

But sending messages about ‘raw pots’ is bizarre.

Romanian second division side’s mess-up

In Romania Liga II, mid-table Politehnica Iasi faced bottom-club Astra Giurgiu. West Ham fans may, unfortunately, remember Astra; they knocked the Hammers out of the Europa League in 2016.

Since then, things have taken a turn for the worse at Astra. The Romanian FA banned their manager for betting on games in 2016, and a downward spiral followed. They were relegated to the Romanian second division in 2021. On arrival in Liga II, Astra received a 20-point deduction for unpaid debts and doping bans for three players.

Poli Iasi decided to share an anti-war message before their clash, with their side coming out in t-shirts to show support for the end of the war.

However, someone in planning had not factored in the players’ order when walking out. Iasi proudly turned to the attending fans, displaying the message ‘RAW POTS.’

Of course, the message they intended to show was ‘STOP WAR’ but the players lined up in the wrong order and showed the message backwards, as you can see below.

Of course, while the gaffe is amusing, it is the thought that counts. The important message still rings true, especially in Romania, neighbours of Ukraine.

Romania shares a significant land border with Ukraine, meaning that they have taken plenty of refugees fleeing from the conflict. BBC reports that Romania has taken 85,000 Ukrainian refugees, as of the 8th of March. This number will surely be higher after a week of mass evacuation.

Poli Iasi’s message in solidarity against the war should be applauded for condemning the actions going on in their neighbouring country. Even if the exact message is unclear. They may be a little confused, but they’ve got the spirit.