LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Romanian club Concordia Chiajna has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a reprieve from relegation from the top division, which resumes play this week, because of a rival's financial problems.

CAS says Concordia has appealed against Romanian Football Federation decisions, and requests an urgent interim ruling.

On Saturday, Concordia lost a relegation playoff against mid-table Rapid Bucharest, which was denied a license by the federation for financial reasons. Unlicensed clubs are typically punished by automatic relegation.

CAS says Concordia argues that Rapid should not have been eligible for the playoff match.

Rapid's financial issues led UEFA in May to impose a one-season suspension from European club competitions and a €100,000 ($130,500) fine.

In a second Romanian case at CAS this month, Universitatea Cluj successfully challenged its relegation order.