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Dinamo defender quits after taking defeat blame

BUCHAREST, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Dinamo Bucharest central defender Valentin Nastase quit the club on Wednesday after he was made the scapegoat for the Romanian side's Champions League elimination.

Dinamo were beaten 3-1 by Lazio in Bucharest on Tuesday, losing the third qualifying round tie 4-2 on aggregate.

Nastase was heavily criticised by Dinamo fans, media and clubs officials for conceding an early second-half penalty which allowed Lazio to cancel out Florin Bratu's first-half goal, before going on to seal a place in the group stage.

'I'm not a coward but I'll immediately quit Dinamo,' Nastase told reporters.

The 33-year-old former international was upset after Dinamo coach Mircea Rednic said he would 'never forget Nastase' at a post-match news conference.

'I'm responsible for the huge error I made, but it's not normal to be executed for that,' Nastase said. 'I don't know now if I will go on playing football.'

Nastase's contract allows the player to leave the club as a free agent. He returned to Dinamo from Ascoli two months ago.