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Football: Romania coach gets suspended one-year jail term

Published on Jun 5, 2013 7:00 PM
 
Romania coach Victor Piturca (above) has been handed a suspended one-year prison sentence for aiding and abetting controversial Steaua Bucharest owner George Becali in a high-profile corruption case in the Balkan country, the supreme court said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania coach Victor Piturca has been handed a suspended one-year prison sentence for aiding and abetting controversial Steaua Bucharest owner George Becali in a high-profile corruption case in the Balkan country, the supreme court said.

Piturca, 57, was found guilty for his role in the case that was instigated in 2008 following a criminal inquiry by Romania's Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) when four people were detained in a Cluj restaurant in possession of 1.7 million euros (S$2.78 million).

The DNA accused Becali of trying to bribe players and officials from Universitatea Cluj "to do anything possible" to draw or beat CFR Cluj, Steaua's main title rivals at the time.

Cluj beat Universitatea 1-0 to win the league by a single point from Steaua.

 
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