Romanian football bosses go to prison in landmark trial

Eight Romanian football bosses were given prison terms on March 4 2014 in one of the most high-profile trials in post-communist Romania, but which has been lingering for years due to cumbersome judicial procedures.

The eight were sentenced to 35 years in prison in total. George Copos, former owner of FC Rapid Bucharest, got three years and eight months in prison, Mihai Stoica, general manager of FC Steaua Bucharest, received three years and six months, Cristi Borcea, shareholder at FC Dinamo Bucharest, was sentenced to six years and four months, Ioan and Victor Becali, football agents, got six years and four months and, respectively, four years and eight months, Jean Padureanu, owner of FC Bistrita, two years and four months, and Gica Popescu, former international and player of FC Barcelona, got three years and a month.

They were all accused of tax evasion, money laundering and dodgy football transfers.

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