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Romanian ex-football star denies Securitate links

Romanian ex-football star denies Securitate links

Former Romanian football star Gheorghe Popescu has denied a newspaper report that he was an informer of the feared Communist secret police in the 1980s.
Popescu says he signed a document promising to "defend the national interests" during the regime of late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. He says that was common practice for players in Romanian teams that entered international competitions.
Daily Adevarul claimed Popescu had been an informant from 1986 to 1989, the year communism was toppled.
Popescu called the report "a big lie." He denied informing on teammates or anyone else at a news conference on Monday.
A former Romanian captain, Popescu also played for Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona during his 18-year career.


Updated : 2021-07-31 01:42 GMT+08:00