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September 26, 2021

Mircea Sandu and Dumitru Dragomir, on trial over Universitatea Craiova de-affiliation case

Mircea Sandu, President of the Romanian Football Federation (FRF), and Dumitru Dragomir, president of the Professional Football League (LPF), have been brought to trial by anti-corruption prosecutors over a case involving the de-affiliation of the Universitatea Craiova, the National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) announced yesterday.
Sandu and Dragomir are charged with aggravated abuse of office against individual interests, and influence towards obtaining gains in the form of money, assets or other undue benefits for themselves and others, and the crime of avoiding a restraint order.
The institutions run by the two defendants, FRF and LPF respectively, too, have been charged with aggravated abuse of office against individual interests and avoidance of a restraint order.
Investigators say that the FRF Executive Committee Meeting July 20, 2011, decided the temporary exclusion of SC Football Club “U” Craiova SA, due to the gross encroachment on the FRF statute, without specifying what those encroachments consisted of and how serious they were really.
In reaching the decision, the two defendants used their power of office and influence on the other Committee members, prosecutors say.
The indictment also points out that, as a result of SC Football Club “U” Craiova SA being excluded from FRF, the civil contracts between the club and its players were terminated, with the latter joining other clubs without their benefiting from federative rights, given those rights had been under restraint levied on the Craiova club as result of debts worth RON 15,800,000 owed to the state budget.  The amount is held as loss caused by the crime of abuse of authority against individual interests, the DNA also shows. The immovable assets of Sandu Mircea, Dragomir Dumitru and the LPF have been put under restraint.

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