Romanian Soccer Legend Popescu Jailed for Corruption
By Dhrubajyoti Biswas | March 5, 2014 3:46 PM EST
Soccer fans of Romania saw a fateful day as the soccer legend Gheorghe Popescu has been jailed for a term of three years, one month and 10 days because of his involvement in money laundering and tax evasion.
Popescu and his fellow players were charged for not declaring the entire amount of transfer of 12 players to foreign clubs from 1999 through 2005.
The former Romanian captain and once a defender of Tottenham and Barcelona, Gheorghe 'Gica' Popescu, was sentenced to jail for by a court of Bucharest.
Prosecutors further clarified the clubs lost 10 million euro because the officials registered false registration for transfers, and moreover, the country suffered loss of 1.7 million euro in taxes. The anti-corruption prosecutors further mentioned that the undeclared parts of the fees were transferred into personal bank accounts in The Netherlands and Virgin Islands.
Popescu, who is one of the most celebrated players in Romania, has earned 115 caps playing for his country and had played in World Cup thrice. He was, in fact, in consideration to be the next president of Romania FA. It was under his captaincy that Romania reached the quarter finals of the 1994 World Cup.
The other seven accused and scheduled to be sentenced are Victor Becali, Ioan Becali, Mihai Stoica, Jean Padureanu, Gheorghe Netoiu, Cristi Borcea and George Copos.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
Join the Conversation
- Manny Pacquiao Has Got Chris Algieri Fight All Figured Out
- New York Knicks Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Live Streaming Info, Preview And Betting Odds
- San Francisco Giants Beat Kansas City Royals, 3-2 In Game 7, Wins 2014 MLB World Series [PHOTOS]
- Los Angeles Lakers Suffer Second Straight Loss, Phoenix Suns Deal Kobe Bryant Another Blowout Defeat, 119-99
- Rafael Nadal To Kick Off 2015 Season At The Mubadala World Tennis Championship, Undergoes Knee Treatment Prior Appendectomy
- Nokia Lumia 730 v. Sharp Aquos Crystal – Specifications, Features And Price Showdown
- NATO: Russia's Been Conducting Too Many Military Flights Over Europe
- Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Motorola Droid Turbo: Comparsion On Processor, Software And Battery
- Australia Special Forces Await 'Delayed' Iraqi Visas Before Joining ISIS Fight
- Moto X 2014 vs. Motorola DROID Turbo - Specifications, Features And Price Showdown
- ISIS Has Been Equipped With Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missiles
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Motorola Droid Turbo – S-Pen Is Note’s 4 USP But Droid Turbo Can Outshine With Larger Battery