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April 18, 2021

Dumitru Dragomir accused of taking bribe from FC Timisoara owner

By Mihai George

After the abuse of office charges that the National Anti-Corruption Office (DNA) brought against him last week in the case concerning the disaffiliation of U Craiova FC, Professional Football League (LPF) President Dumitru Dragomir is in a difficult situation again. ‘ProSport’ daily published yesterday a statement of the case compiled by a DNA prosecutor, a statement showing that Dragomir allegedly asked the owner of FC Timisoara for a bribe in exchange for “solving” the problems that the club had when renewing its League I license at the end of the last season.

“From the existing data and information, LPF President Dumitru Dragomir asked tens of thousands of Euros from business Marian Iancu, the President of FC Timisoara, in order to intercede on his behalf within the Romanian Football Federation’s (FRF) Executive Committee in view of licensing the aforementioned football club,” the statement of the case compiled by Chief Prosecutor Lucian Papici reads, being quoted by ‘ProSport.’

Dumitru Dragomir did not comment the charges published by ‘ProSport,’ but FC Timisoara owner Marian Iancu stated he is innocent: “That’s impossible. If that would’ve happened we would’ve been detained long time ago. (…) Such a file cannot exist, you do realize the transcripts would have appeared immediately. They are in a state of total confusion to put it gently. I believe there is a mix of public information and delation. That took place in June, this is November and we were never subpoenaed. There is not even a comma that would spark suspicions,” Marian Iancu stated for Sport.ro.

On the other hand, new surprises appeared in the case concerning former Central Commission of Referees (CCA) President Vasile Avram, who was recently arrested for bribe-taking. According to several transcripts that the DNA prosecutors added to the file and realitatea.net published, Dinamo Bucharest owner Cristian Borcea gave Avram, at the latter’s request, several crates of ‘Moet&Chandon’ champagne for the wedding of Avram’s son. The crates totalled EUR 17,500.

Commenting the wave of trials that the FRF and LPF are recently facing, ‘Romania Libera’ reminds its readers that, according to Penal Code, the two institutions’ problems could culminate in their dissolution as juridical entities.

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