Scandal in Romanian Football

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IApril 22, 2009

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FC Arges in Romania has been the scene of a football corruption scandal involving three referees and one observer. Others who have been implicated are Cornel Penescu who is the owner of FC Arges and Gheorghe Constantin former President of the Central Referee Commission.


They have been accused of receiving 100 Euros in order to arrange games. At the current time, Penescu and Constantin have been placed under arrest under the charge of bribery. There has been another case of corruption in Romanian Football.


The case deals with corruption, illegal player transactions in which the Steaua Bucharest Owner Gigi Becali is involved. It remains to be seen how these scandals will play itself out and how it could affect Romania in Domestic and International Football.


Regardless, the time has come to talk about corruption in sports, including football. While it is repetitive, it is great to bring this subject out into the open and denounce it. It will not help ignoring the situation since corruption grows when it is not addressed properly.


I am sick and tired of seeing one of my favourite sports being an object for corruption and other negative vibrations. The issue of sports is to enjoy the game and forget the troubles that face our daily lives.


The people who watch the game have a right to see a fair and decent game with victories that are true instead of prearranged. It is an abuse of trust between those who work in the sports industry and those who are the spectators when bribes to fix games and illegal transactions involving players are accepted as a norm.


The spectators deserve more when it comes to their favorite sports.


The people who work in the sports industry, including the regulators, have a responsibility towards the spectators including those who pay their hard earned cash to watch a sporting event.


They must tell their employees, including coaches and players, that bribes and match fixing do not go hand in hand with sports. Corruption like drugs corrodes the sport within and destroys it. The country that is involved is likely to end up under the scrutiny of those who work in domestic and international events.


I congratulate the measures taken in Romania against those who have participated in the corruption scandal. It is hoped that Romania can do more to safeguard football so that it can participate in International and Domestic Games the sooner the better.