After last week’s Dragomir – Becali war of words, it is now Mircea Sandu and Poli Timisoara president Marian Iancu’s turn to trade barbs, with each blaming the other of corruption amid match-rigging scandals rocking the world of football, with Turkey the latest casualty, Realitatea.net reports. Marian Iancu pointed the finger at Mircea Sandu for “sentencing” Poli Timisoara because it did not give bribe, stressing that, in Romania, you can only win the title provided you know “who to pay”.
Sandu’s tough reply was not late coming: “From “federal sources”, as you say, I too, learned that Iancu was about to pay EUR 1.5 M to the League and EUR 500,000 to the referees, to get the title. Just ask Iancu about it and see what he says. I don’t know how true this is, yet, this is what we were told,” Mircea Sandu told ProSport.
Marian Iancu nonetheless vehemently refuted the accusations: “Had I paid that kind of money, I would have really won the title. Mircea Sandu has been speaking while in an euphoric mood lately, and I don’t mean alcohol-induced. This is a pathetic attempt to distract attention from real issues.
Marian Iancu’s barrage of accusations aimed at Romanian Football Association Chairman Mircea Sandu followed what Iancu sees as the abuse of Timisoara being removed from the Romanian top flight, despite the team challenging the decision in the Sports Arbitrage Tribunal (TAS), having been relegated after being denied the League 1 license.