The Magistrates of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) approved the appeal of the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) against the decision of the Appeal Court of Bucharest (CAB) to overrule the payment of EUR 5 M, representing the 20 pc share of the sports bets made during 2003–2005, a sum demanded by FRF from the Romanian Lottery.
The decision of the Supreme Court is definitive and irrevocable, and the Magistrates also demanded the Romanian Lottery National Company (CNLR) to pay RON 87,298 to the state, representing trial-related expenses.
The Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) outlined on October 16, 2008, that the manner the press release issued by FRF revealed the facts referring to the verdict of the Court, after it lost the trial against the Romanian Lottery referring to the recovery of EUR 5 M was “an unacceptable intervention in an act of justice.”
According to CSM spokesperson Cecilia Morariu, the FRF press release left readers the impression that the magistrates showed lack of professionalism when reaching their verdict that was not irrevocable.
Moreover, the Council requested FRF to clearly explain what were the pressures allegedly made upon the Courts, referred by the FRF in its press release. If FRF failed to do so, this attitude might be defined as unacceptable and eligible to stir an unjustified doubt on the impartiality of the Courts, CSM considered.
FRF had declared in a press release that the decision of the Appeal Court is the result of the “bets’ mafia” and of certain groups of interests.
On October 13, 2008, FRF lost at the Bucharest Appeal Court its trial against the Romanian Lottery regarding the recovery of EUR 5 million, representing the share of the institution in the sports bets made during 2003 – 2005, after winning the trial at the first Court.
The Bucharest Court’s verdict of December 4, 2007 was favourable to FRF; nonetheless, the Lottery outlined that there were conventions for the payment of the demanded sums, fully respected by CNLR and therefore, the Lottery initiated an appeal on December 7, 2007.