Ex-Romania football coach Victor Piturca reportedly held in Covid acquisition corruption case

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Anti-corruption prosecutors on Monday reportedly detained former Romania soccer coach Victor Piturca in connection with the acquisitions of medical supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The probe is linked to non-compliant face masks that were delivered to hospitals run by the defense ministry, Euronews Romania reported.

Judicial sources also reported that Gabrierl Tutu, the general manager of national defense company, Romarm, has also been held in custody in the  same case.

Piturca, 66, is reportedly charged with helping his son obtain a contract with the Romanian Army for the delivery of 100,000 FFP3 masks to military hospitals.

PAV Green Energy, which won the contract, has under the ownership of Alexandru Victorio Piţurcă, 38.

The protective masks were subsequently found to be non-compliant.

Victor Piturca, 66, was Romania’s national team coach three times: from 1998 to 1999, then from  2004 to 2009 and finally from 2011 to 2014.

He also coached Steaua Bucharest, Universitatea Craiova and Al-Ittihad.

The former striker was part of the Steaua Bucharest team that won the European Champions Cup in 1986 and the European Super Cup in 1987.

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