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May 17, 2022

Abuse of office charges in Craiova disaffiliation case

The National Anti-Corruption Office (DNA) has informed the members of the Romanian Football Federation’s (FRF) Executive Committee that were heard yesterday that they are accused of abuse of office in the case concerning Craiova’s disaffiliation, hotnews.ro informs. Cornel Sfaiter, Marian Rusen, Stefan Stana, Octavian Goga, Marius Stan, Cristi Bobar and Marian Palarie, all of them Executive Committee members that voted for Craiova’s disaffiliation, were heard on Wednesday at the DNA. “We were informed about the abuse of office charges and we were given two weeks to prepare our defence,” Marian Rusen, member of the Committee and representative of the League II clubs, stated after the hearings.

“If I were to do it again I’d vote the same, without any pressure from Mircea Sandu or anyone else,” Cristi Bobar, representative of League III clubs, stated in his turn for GSP.

“I continue to believe disaffiliating Craiova was the right decision. I was informed about the charges. I trust the Federation’s documents,” Stefan Stata, representative of League II clubs, stated.

Gheorghe Valceanu, Marian Rusen’s lawyer, stated: “The charges were brought to our knowledge. A deadline for hearings will be established two weeks from now and we will build the necessary defence.”

Dumitru Dragomir, First Vice President of the FRF and President of the Professional Football League (LPF), will be heard on Thursday, October 27, while FRF President Mircea Sandu will be heard on Friday, October 28. Vasile Avram, former President of the Central Commission of Referees, and Sorin Terbea, former Futsal representative, will be heard on Saturday, October 29. Avram and Terbea are currently arrested in a case of bribery.

The aforementioned are investigated for abuse of office in the case opened following a complaint filed by Universitatea Craiova owner Adrian Mititelu. The latter told the prosecutors that FRF’s decision to disaffiliate his club was abusive.

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