Victor Piturca is a former, three-time coach of the Romanian national team, which he managed in 1998-1999, 2004-2009 and 2011-2014. With the team he advanced to Euro 2000 and 2008. He also coached Steua Bucharest four times, with whom he won the national championship in 2001. As a player of the Bucharest club, he won the European Cup in 1986.
Former Romania national team coach involved in buying incorrect masks. The contract amounted to almost three million euros
The Romanian National Anti-Corruption Prosecutor detained Victor Piturca on Monday on corruption charges related to the purchase of medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Euronews Romania, the investigation concerns masks that did not comply with the guidelines and were supplied to hospitals of the Ministry of Defense.
The 66-year-old is accused of helping his son obtain a contract with the Romanian army, which was supplied with masks without the necessary approvals. The contract was to amount to nearly three million euros. The situation took place during the state of emergency in 2020, when purchases were made without tenders.
Alexandra Piturcu’s company has delivered the first batch of 100,000 masks to military hospitals. A few months later, when they reached hospitals, the doctors of the Central Military Hospital complained that the masks were inconsistent with the requirements and “you can’t breathe through them.”
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“I have nothing to do with it,” Victor Piturca was quoted as saying by Euronews Romania. At the same time, he was placed under judicial supervision. In turn, his son was detained for 24 hours. The prosecutor’s office is to request a month’s detention for the son of the former Romanian national team coach.
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