‘Penescu lot’ released
Cornel Penescu, Gheorghe Constantin and Liviu Facaleata were released from custody for their judgment, with the mentioned that they may not leave the country, the National Division Anti-corruption announced, quoted by the TV channel Antena 3. The three were involved in the scandal “Bribe in football” which began in April 2009. At that time, more exactly on April 16, Cornel Penescu (financier of FC Arges team) was taken in custody for bribe giving, influence peddling and setting up organized offending group. In custody together with Penescu were also taken Gheorghe Constantin (former chief of the Central Referee Commission) and Liviu Facaleata, former general manager of PIC company. According to DNA, during 2006-2009 the defendants Cornel Penescu Gheorghe Cornel, Facaleata Liviu Ilie, Minca Cristian, Pieca Gheorghita and Gheorghe Constantin initiated an organized an offending group with the purpose to obtain financial or material benefits.
Sapunaru returns to Rapid
The footballer Cristian Sapunaru returns in League 1. Suspended temporarily from FC Porto because of his behaviour, Sapunaru will be lent to his former team, FC Rapid, to play in the next six months. Sapunaru was sold by Rapid to FC Porto in the summer 2008. “We managed to take Sapunaru until summer,” the owner of Rapid Club, George Copos, confirmed for TVR. Cristian Sapunaru is temporarily suspended by the Portuguese League after the row in which he was involved at the end of the derby with Benfica, from December. According to the media from Portugal, there is video footage which proves the aggressive behaviour of the Romanian against an order keeping officer. Sapunaru may be suspended for three years.
Obreja retired from the office of FRB president
Rudel Obreja gave up on Friday the position of president of the Romanian Boxing Federation (FRB), after he was suspended by the Discipline Commission of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) over a period of 11 years. “The Federal Bureau of the Romanian Boxing Federation approved the solution of FRB president, Rudel Obreja, to delegate all the competences connected with amateur boxing in Romania, the representation at international level included, with all the authorities that have attributions and competences in this sector, to Mr. vice president of FRB, Vasile Catea,” reads a press release of the national authority.
Hockey referee murdered by puck in Sweden
An extremely infrequent accident took place this weekend in Sweden, when a referee aged 62 was murdered by an ice hockey puck during a junior match played at Sollefteaa, in North Sweden, 500 km away from Stockholm. “The puck hit him between the neck and the skull base, exactly where the cap finishes,” declared Bjorn Rohman, police officer in the province of Vrosternormands, quoted by Agerpres. In spite of the attempts to reanimate him, the referee, carried with an ambulance, died at his arrival at the hospital, the Police stresses in a press release. According to the declaration of the general secretary of the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, Jurgen Lindgren, quoted by TT agency, it is for the first time that such an accident occurs in Sweden.
‘Penescu lot’ released