And a nation smiled

Small steps, small steps.

Romania has a broad smile on its face this afternoon: a Bucharest court has handed prison sentences to eight Romanian football officials for tax evasion and money laundering in connection with the transfer of 12 players. One of the eight is former Spurs player Gheorghe Popescu while the list also includes the Becali brothers, Victor and Giovanni, two of the biggest gangsters in the country and cousins of the (already in prison) Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali.

You can read all about the case in this excellent piece, over at Romanian Scout.

There is also a (brief) AP report here.

  • Roger

    Bloody hell ………… Justice does exist (when suits)

    Are there any of the Becali family not in prison 🙂

    • Mr Rearguard

      There is another brother I think poncing about who needs fitting up on a kiddy fiddling charge.

  • Mr Rearguard

    Bobby Robson will be turning in his grave!

  • Giuseppe

    I was in my car, waiting at a traffic light, when I heard the news on the radio this afternoon. I’m pretty sure my first reaction was a fist pump.

  • Phil

    Do they go to nick now though, or are they out until the appeal?

    • No they are all off to pokey tonight, this was the last appeal.

      • Phil

        Jeffrey Archer, hoorah!