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Scrap mars Georgian finale

Published: Monday 6 June 2005, 7.27CET
Monthly review: A brawl marred the end of the season in Georgia as FC Dinamo Tbilisi won the Premier League.
Published: Monday 6 June 2005, 7.27CET

Scrap mars Georgian finale

Monthly review: A brawl marred the end of the season in Georgia as FC Dinamo Tbilisi won the Premier League.

By Soso Kotoreishvili

Having taken charge in March, former Georgia captain Kakhaber Tskhadadze led FC Dinamo Tbilisi to their 12th Georgian title.

Awesome start
Tskhadadze signalled the start of a new era at the club with a 9-0 win against FC Dila Gori in his first game on 2 May. Levan Melkadze scored five of the goals, and ended the campaign as the country's top scorer with 27 strikes.

Decisive game
The destiny of the championship was already certain by the time the last round of matches took place on 30 May, but the silver and bronze medals were still up for grabs, with second-placed FC Torpedo Kutaisi hosting third-placed FC Tbilisi in what promised to be a winner-takes-all game.

Teams punished
As it was, there was no winner, the match being abandoned after 85 minutes when a brawl broke out among the players. The Georgian league authorities awarded a 3-0 defeat to both teams, a result that confirmed Torpedo's second place and entry to the 2005/06 UEFA Cup.

Culprits identified
More punishments have been handed to those involved, with Torpedo defender David Gamezardashvili and Tbilisi midfielder Tornike Afciauri receiving five-match suspensions and €2,200 fines. In addition, Torpedo must play their next two home games away from their stadium.

Impressive run
The season's end came a little too soon for in-form FC Lokomotiv Tbilisi who enjoyed a 12-match unbeaten run under new coach Nodar Akobia before losing 4-1 at Tbilisi in their penultimate fixture - a game in which goalkeeper Zviad Sturua conceded his first goal in nine outings.

Cup triumph
Nonetheless, Lokomotivi can look forward to UEFA Cup football having lifted the Georgian Cup with a 2-0 final win against FC Zestaponi on 26 May. The runners-up - who barely existed at the beginning of the campaign - were relegation favourites but ended up fifth in the table.

WIT misery
Zestafoni finished five points above ousted champions FC WIT Georgia who had a dreadful season punctuated by coaching changes and inconsistent results. They might have had an even unhappier end of term but for the fact financial problems crippled the sides below them.

Financial troubles
FC Dinamo Tbilisi, FC Sioni Bolnisi, FC Kolkheti-1913 Poti and Dila struggled all campaign. Dila ended up bottom with just ten points while Kolkheti-1913 were also relegated after finishing on 32. They will be replaced by promoted FC Ameri and FC Borgomi.

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