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February 17, 2020

Mircea Sandu and Dumitru Dragomir charged in ‘U Craiova’ case

By    Serban George

The National Anti-Corruption Office (DNA) has notified Romanian Football Federation (FRF) President Mircea Sandu and Professional Football League (LPF) President Dumitru Dragomir that they, along with 10 other members of FRF’s Executive Committee, are charged with abuse of office following their decision to disaffiliate U Craiova FC, a decision taken on July 20 this year, gsp.ro informs.

“By severely and knowingly violating their prerogatives and tasks, the FRF and LPF representatives caused damages of more than EUR 1 M to U Craiova, obtaining patrimonial advantages for themselves or for others. (…) Craiova’s exclusion took place through the severe violation of FRF’s Statute. The violations that the club allegedly committed and their seriousness were not listed and explained,” the DNA document quoted by gsp.ro reads
According to the Penal Code, if found guilty the two leaders will risk jail terms of 6 months to 15 years, Mediafax informs.

Dumitru Dragomir was heard at the DNA on Thursday and was informed of the charges brought against him. He was extremely angry when leaving and even had a heated verbal exchange with the journalists. “Being called up here shouldn’t make you think I’m guilty. (…) Mititelu (U Craiova’s owner – editor’s note) should have sued us in civil courts, not at the DNA. DNA is not a civil court, you’re clueless,” Dragomir told the journalists. “I was charged, not indicted, you fools. Read what indicted means. What are you doing following me? Who called you here? Why are you pushing me, because I’m sexy and handsome? You want blood!” he continued.

Today (Friday) the DNA will also hear FRF President Mircea Sandu in order to officially notify him of the charges brought against him.

In this context, it is worth mentioning that Ion Neagu, President of LPF’s Disciplinary Commission, resigned on Wednesday “as a consequence of the calumnious and injurious articles that appeared in the press,” the LPF communiqué reads.

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