The celebration of the Romanian football was shadowed by the latest corruption-related scandals and arrests.
The President of FIFA, Joseph Blatter and the President of the FC Bayern Munich Supervision Council, Franz Beckenbauer, were unable to attend the centenary anniversary of the Romanian Football Federation (FRF), organized on Tuesday evening at the Parliament Palace in Bucharest.
“Mr. Blatter cannot come to Bucharest. We were announced that he is unable to travel due to health issues. Neither Mr. Beckenbauer is able to attend the dinner organized by the FRF on the occasion of the centenary,” the General Manager of FRF Ionut Lupescu declared.
During its celebration anniversary, FRF granted approximately 150 awards in the rank of Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire to former players, coaches and leaders who stood out throughout the decades. The Romanian Football Federation was founded in October 1909. The event was attended by personalities of the Romanian and international football, such as Michel Platini, the President of UEFA, and Lennart Johansson, the former President of UEFA.
Nonetheless, the feast of the Romanian football was shadowed by the latest corruption-related scandals. The arrests of Gigi Becali and Cornel Penescu, the top sponsors of the clubs Steaua Bucharest and FC Arges, as well as of a few referees were unfortunate events that occurred during the organization of the FRF centenary.
FRF President Mircea Sandu declared on Monday, during the Ordinary General Meeting of FRF, that all the achievements of the last 20 years were undermined by the issues caused by corruption allegations that appeared in football lately.