Top Romanian handball team vow to 'sell matches'


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  • Tuesday, 25 Mar 2003

BUCHAREST: The boss of a top Romanian handball team has said he will “sell” all his team’s remaining matches in protest against similar practices he says are prevalent in domestic football. 

Petru Paleu, the boss of Fibrex Nylon Savinesti, told local press of his bizarre plan after his team Sunday’s 33-26 win over Dinamo Bucharest in the national championship – a win which practically assured his team the national title. 

“I say to all interested teams that I will sell the matches remaining,” Paleu was quoted as saying by daily Evenimentul Zilei. “If such things happen in football why should it not be possible in handball?” 

In the past decade, corruption, violence and refereeing scandals have marred Romanian football. The Romanian FA finally admitted corruption existed but have shown little determination to stamp out the problem, drawing sharp criticism from the media and foreign-based players. 

“I wait for proposals,” Paleu said. “But I add that I need money to buy a goalkeeper and a leftwing for my handball team in order to do our best in Champions League’s coming matches.” – Reuters 

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