Thursday, May 8, 2008

Report: Five people detained in Romania on suspicion of attempted match-fixing

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

CLUJ, Romania: Five people were detained by police on suspicion of attempted match-fixing Wednesday after being discovered with €1.4 million (US$2.15 million), prosecutors told the state news agency.

The five are suspected of planning to bribe players from Universitatea Cluj before its Romanian league match against CFR Cluj, anti-corruption prosecutors told Rompres news agency.

They are being questioned by Cluj prosecutors, who didn't release an official statement.

CFR Cluj won 1-0 to become the first non-Bucharest team to win the league since communism ended in 1989. If Universitatea had won or drawn the game, then Steaua Bucharest would have won the title.

Prosecutors had tapped phones in Bucharest before the detentions, and police traveled to Cluj, 300 kilometers (187 miles) northwest of the capital, to detain the five after they were discovered in a restaurant with the money in a suitcase, sports newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor reported.

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