The date of publishing: Thursday, May 12, 2022, 10:34 p.m.
Date of update: Thursday, May 12, 2022, 10:41 p.m.
The former leader of the Army club declared that FCSB, Gigi Becali’s team, is the real Steaua, because the football team was “detached” from the rest of the club at the orders of the army co-leaders of that time.
Gațu spoke openly about how the club was transferred to Viorel Păunescu, and later to Gigi Becali.
“I was ordered to separate the football team from the club. Becali’s team is Steaua. By deeds and by the will of the army. Without Păunescu and Becali, Steaua was nothing, not that the fifth division. Worse, it was being disbanded. We had to make the transition, otherwise we would no longer exist. Gigi Becali did not steal Steaua.
The then Minister Victor Babiuc insisted on becoming the club’s commander. Twice I refused. Cornel Oţelea, my good friend, was already there. I only accepted when he left. I took a negative turn. When I first got to the office, there was a queue. Three people were already asking me for my money, my debts. There were many and large debts. We are talking about July 1997.
I also received a firm but insistent order. Textually, Mr. Babiuc told me like this: Mr. Gațu, when you came to Steaua, I asked you to make adjustments. Dismiss the worthless sections and give the football team away from the club. This is the second thing I’ve done. However, I could not close sections where there were coaches and Olympic champions, such as boxing and weightlifting, as I was suggested.
In February, in the fateful year of 1998, two addresses arrived at the club’s address that could represent testimonies. From FRF, signed by Mircea Sandu and from LPF, signed by Mitică Dragomir. As a matter of fact, neither of them had signed, someone had signed up. There were summonses. Because if until May 1, 1998, we do not separate the football team from the club, the Federation will no longer register me in the European cups, and the League will no longer register me in the Romanian championship.
Mr. Dudu Ionescu, Secretary of State, gave me two lawyers and I drew up a Statute of a new football organization, AFC Steaua București. With the addresses in front, the lawyers tried to save the team from misfortune. At the same time, Mr. Babiuc insisted on solving the problem, to give the football team faster “said Cristian Gațu at GoldFM.
“Becali did not steal Steaua!”, Says Gațu bluntly
“I made the Statute and convened the General Assembly. I invited all the footballers in my life who played for Steaua, such as Zavoda, Alecsandrescu, Voinescu, Liță Dumitru. All. Then I tried to persuade Mr. Jena to be president. He accepted, only that at a FRF General Assembly, Mircea Sandu asked me to leave Mr. Jena alone because he needed him at the FRF. The General Assembly was coming, and I had no president.
I made a list and the last one on it was Viorel Păunescu. He was my friend. At the General Assembly, from the BCC, the Board of Directors was elected, which had the mission to elect the president, but they did not manage to reach a conclusion. When I proposed to Viorel Păunescu, if he was not next to a library to support himself, he would have fallen. That’s how Păunescu became president.
When the PD returned to the Government, Mr. Babiuc called Păunescu and told him to organize the General Assembly again, but without me, because he wanted to fire me. This is how new people co-opted, and one proposed was Vova Cohn, Babiuc’s friend, only he was too dynamic
Through Mr. Păunescu I met Gigi Becali, at Intercontinental, when she was preparing the AG This was in 2003 and I participated as a guest. There were two camps, Becali and Păunescu, and the meeting was led by Viorel’s brother, Constantin Păunescu. All the champions from Seville were behind me and they were even asking me who to vote with
Everyone present signed. The transition to Mr. Becali was also voted for by all the European champions present there. I don’t know if he signed there for the coat of arms, the anthem and the flag. The Statute, which I myself worked on, stated that the AFC would take over everything. Tradition, sporting glory and continuity. That the CSA is giving up everything.
In 1998, with the help of Mr. Babiuc, it was decided to separate the football section from CSA, through the civil process of the division, the football team with its attributes, place in the ranking, European coefficient, glorious traditions and sports continuity passed to AFC, to Mr. Păunescu . Through all the documents and the desire of the army, Becali’s team is Steaua. From my point of view, it’s the same team. Mr. Becali’s presence meant life, which he gave to this club, because he gave him the money.
Without Păunescu and Becali, Steaua was nothing, not that the fifth division. Worse, it was being disbanded. We had to make the transition, otherwise we would no longer exist. Gigi Becali did not steal Steaua. Since 2003, AFC Steaua Bucharest could do whatever it wanted with its patrimony, to alienate it. Check the basic state on which this was done “said Gațu.