Steaua Bucharest Owner Jailed for Three Years

May 23, 2013

The owner of Romanian football team, Gigi Becali, has been sentenced to three years in prison for abusing his power in his role as an MP.

Becali, who has been Steaua’s majority shareholder for a decade, was trialled as an accomplice in offences prosectutors described as: “qualified office abuse against the public interest in a repeated manner”.

The club’s owner was accused of illegally receiving 30 hectares of land from Romania’s Ministry of Defence. 

In addition to his prison sentence, Becali has been ordered to pay $421, 000 in damages to the state.

Steaua have won three league titles, the Romanian cup and qualified for European football in nin consecutive years under Becali’s stewardship.

Despite being imprisoned, Becali will continue to lead the club according to his cousin, Victor Becali.

He said: “The team has a President, a manager. Gigi remains the boss of Steaua. There is no power struggle, there is nothing. Steaua will continue as before.”