The international relations manager of the Romanian Football Federation, Florin Prunea underwent hearings at DNA Pitesti, on Thursday morning, starting with 7:30, in the corruption case involving a number of referees. Sources quoted by Antena 3TV channel informed that Prunea has been charged with corruption, but until the closing of our edition the information was not confirmed.
The transcripts of phone talks in the referees’ corruption case, under investigation by DNA, also include a discussion between the owner of FC Arges, Cornel Penescu, and FRF’s international relations manager, Florin Prunea. According to the transcript of a talk that occurred on October 8, 2008 the owner of FC Arges asks Prunea about the referee of the match with FC Vaslui, and the FRF official recommends Sorin Corpodean.
On April 24, Prunea said the phone conversation does not incriminate him and that he is by no means involved in this case of corruption.
Prunea declared that most chiefs and owners of football clubs used to call him, but in order to complain about the way referees did their job, rather than to ask him for favourable referee teams.
The corruption investigation being conducted in the Romanian football already led to the arrest, on April 14, of FC Arges owner Cornel Penescu, the president of the Referees Central Commission, Gheorghe Constantin, the general manager of the PIC hypermarket, Liviu Facaleata, as well as the former director of OPC Arges, Cristian Libertatu. Cornel Penescu and Liviu Facaleata are accused of bribe giving, while Gheorghe Constantin and Cristian Libertatu of bribe taking.