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looking tired, semi-final Euro 1988
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Born
1940-06-04
Intl. since
1976-01-01
Hometown
Timisoara
Country
Romania
Speaks
Romanian, French
Occupation
Chairman of the Romanian Referees' Committee
Hobbies
 
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50.000 dollar

2010-05-21

It was alleged that Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, a once powerful Porto president, bribed Ion Igna, offering 50.000 dollar to fix a European Cup winners semi-final Porto - Aberdeen in 1984.

When during the 1988 European Championships, UEFA had mistakenly issued Igna and his lines men plane tickets for Stuttgart instead of Hamburg, they dutifully flew to the wrong city. They were only just in time for the match in Hamburg.

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It is said that Valentin Ceausescu, the dictator's son, bribed and intimidated referees, in order to protect his team Steaua. Asked about it, Ion Igna, the most important ref in those days, said he only met Valentin once and that he was a gentleman and never asked him for anything.

From our reporter: Edvard Kotayk