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Avram Case: Referees at club owners’ mercy!

By    Mihai George

Shocking details have been revealed in the case in which former President of the Central Commission of Referees (CCA) Vasile Avram is accused of bribe-taking. Apart from the EUR 19,000 he allegedly took in order to make sure FC Targu Mures is favoured by the referees, the National Anti-Corruption Office (DNA) prosecutors quoted by adevarul.ro claim that Avram was doing the same at the order of FC Dinamo owner Cristian Borcea and FC Vaslui owner Adrian Porumboiu. Quoting sources from the Bucharest Court, hotnews.ro informs that “using his power to delegate referees, Avram transformed League I into a lottery at his whim.”

In case he is found guilty, the CCA President risks spending 3 to 15 years in jail for bribe-taking, gsp.ro informs.

Coincidentally or not, Borcea left for America a few weeks ago, hotnews.ro claiming the businessman felt what was about to happen. In his turn, Porumboiu denies he ever asked Avram to delegate only certain referees, but admits that he did make some “suggestions”: “I certainly did not tell him what referees to delegate, I only told him they should referee fairly, I told him what relations they had with certain clubs, what interests they had… That is not an order, I knew his phone was tapped,” Adrian Porumboiu told GSP TV.

According to adevarul.ro, Romanian Football Federation (FRF) President Mircea Sandu decided to offer former international referee Ion Craciunescu the presidency of the CCA after Vasile Avram was detained. “The former FIFA referee accepted and chaired the first CCA meeting on Tuesday. The decision to appoint Craciunescu comes shortly after Gica Popescu, who was one of Mircea Sandu’s opponents, received an office with UEFA, at the proposal of the FRF President. Ion Craciunescu and Mircea Sandu had a conflictual relation for six years, however they buried the hatchet,” adevarul.ro writes.

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