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Romania Football Federation gen sec charged with abuse of position, forging documents in 2008


BUCHAREST, Romania — Anti-corruption prosecutors have charged Romania's top football official with abusing his position and forging documents seven years ago when he was chairman of a local club.

Gheorghe Chivorchian, general secretary of the Romanian Football Federation, was charged by the anti-corruption prosecutors' office on Saturday in connection with an illegal 1 million euros ($1.1 million) paid from local authorities to Poli Timisoara in 2008, when he was the club chairman.

They said Chivorchian forged documents saying the funds were for players' salaries, when they were used to pay old debts and other purposes.

Chivorchian said he thought the contract was legal.

The former chairman of Timis County Council, Constantin Ostaficiuc, was also charged on Saturday.

Chivorchian became general secretary of the national federation last year.

Romania has intensified its anti-corruption drive in recent months.

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