BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Prosecutors have detained the former chairman of the Professional Football League and other officials on suspicion of avoiding tax in the sale of match rights to television stations.
A statement said Dumitru Dragomir and six soccer officials were detained Monday as part of a criminal investigation into fiscal evasion and money laundering costing the state 3 million euros. Dragomir, chairman of the league from 1996 to 2013, maintains his innocence.
Prosecutors said top league matches were sold from 2011-2013 to TV stations and officials used fictitious accounts to hide transactions.
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Before detaining the seven, police searched the homes of 11 people and the headquarters of the football league.
In March, eight soccer officials were jailed in a separate case on charges of tax evasion in transfers to foreign clubs.