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October 23, 2021

Mircea Sandu may step down

Investigated by the DNA for “abuse in office” in the case that concerns U Craiova’s disaffiliation, Romanian Football Federation (FRF) President Mircea Sandu talked for the first time about a possible retirement. Sandu will take a decision only after the Europa League final scheduled to take place in Bucharest next spring.

“These rows leave me bitter. Did I think about retiring? Of course I thought about it several times, we’ll see after the Europa League final. My actions were never outside the FRF statute, that’s all I can say,” Mircea Sandu stated on sport.ro.

In what concerns the preparations for the Europa League final, the FRF President is optimistic. “The stadium is ready. Tickets will be put on sale starting on Monday (today – editor’s note), we are on schedule for the event that will take place on May 9 when Bucharest will be not only at European but also at global center-stage. Ticket prices seem rather fair to me, being below ticket prices in Germany or Ireland,” he said.

After Mircea Sandu stated that he may retire, former national team star Gica Popescu started thinking about running for FRF leadership again. Popescu tried to become head of the FRF in 2005 too. “I’ve said that I don’t want to be club president; the Federation could be an option, I never ruled out the option of showing up for a new fight, let’s see what happens,” Gica Popescu said.

On the other hand, Mircea Lucescu seems tempted to return to Romania in the summer of 2012, when his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk expires, his name being rumored as an option for FRF’s top job, ‘Na­tional’ daily wrote.

Shakhtar Donetsk’s early exit from European competitions is one of the reasons why the 66-year-old Romania would give up coaching, ‘National’ daily writes. Nevertheless, Mircea Lucescu wants to remain in the world of football and to run for the FRF leadership. Moreover, by doing so Lucescu would exact revenge against the Sandus, considering that Lise, Mircea Sandu’s wife, was the one that blocked Lucescu from returning at the helm of the national team and Mircea Sandu forced Lucescu’s young sun Razvan to leave from the helm of the national team, the aforementioned source added.

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