Romania football pres. investigated in bribe claim

Romania’s anti-corruption prosecutors are investigating the

country’s football federation president over claims he took a bribe

to vote for the 2012 European Championship to be held in Poland and

Ukraine.

Mircea Sandu denied the allegations Friday.

UEFA said Thursday it was prepared to take legal action against

former Cypriot Football Association official Spyros Marangos, who

alleged the championship was corruptly awarded, after he failed to

provide evidence.

Romania’s Anti-Corruption Department said Friday it was

investigating the claims.

Marangos told a German newspaper that UEFA officials sold the

tournament rights for ?11 million ($15 million) in 2007.

Eastern European neighbors Poland and Ukraine defeated pre-poll

favorite Italy 8-4 in a vote of UEFA executive committee

members.

Sandu took part in the April 2007 vote three months after being

elected to UEFA’s ruling panel.

The 58-year-old Sandu, a former professional player, represented

Romanian in 18 matches and scored six goals. He became president of

the Romanian federation in 1990.