Romania football official investigated for bribe
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
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
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 $15 million in 2007. Eastern European
neighbors Poland and Ukraine defeated favored 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.