Romanian Football Federation (FRF) President Mircea Sandu stated yesterday during a press conference that he does not believe Central Commission of Referees (CCA) President Vasile Avram is guilty. Avram was placed under 29-day arrest last week-end. “I don’t believe Vasile Avram is guilty. It’s a personal opinion but it will be proven. The court will rule whether he is guilty or innocent,” he said.
In his opinion, the mass-media is exaggerating given the fact that there is no conclusive evidence. “I don’t want to get involved and influence the court, but making abuses is not good either, you have to have some conclusive evidence.To me it seems the media circus is too much over something that hasn’t been proven,” Mircea Sandu underlined, pointing out that FRF has no responsibility in this case because the CCA is an autonomous institution.
Vasile Avram’s arrest was amply debated in the press, the latter claiming that the arrest has something to do with the two leaders of the Romanian world of football – Professional Football League (LPF) President Dumitru Dragomir and Romanian Football Federation (FRF) President Mircea Sandu – but also with the tense situation title holder Otelul Galati finds itself in.
‘Adevarul’ quotes Central Commission of Referees (CCA) sources stating that the DNA actions that led to the arrest of Avram started off from the accusations that several club presidents, including Steaua owner Gigi Becali, made. According to those accusations, “a certain leader of a League I club” allegedly gave the head of the CCA money in return for “favourable refereeing.”
In its turn, ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ daily accused LPF President Mitica Dragomir and FRF President Mircea Sandu of benefiting directly from a part of the sums that Avram received as bribery. “Only a naive person would believe ‘Corleone’ (Dumitru Dragomir – editor’s note) is clean. Dumitru’s restaurant hosted the wedding of Marius Avram, Vasile Avram’s son, this summer. It was said the guests did not pay but there are voices that revealed that those “interested” made sure they make up for it,” the aforementioned daily writes.