Romanian Soccer Refs Get Raise
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ Romanian soccer referees will have their salaries doubled in an effort to curb corruption in the sport.
``From now on, referees will have only one master: the rule book,″ said Ion Craciunescu, who heads the commission for refereeing.
Accusations of game-fixing and corrupt refereeing have plagued Romanian soccer for years, with such stars as Gheorghe Hagi urging a cleanup.
Under the new rules, which take effect immediately, a referee will earn $500 a game. Linesmen will get $250 and the reserve referee $150.
The first-division clubs also will allocate money to cover any taxes on these wages.
``I know it sounds like a lot of money for Romania, but the referees should be paid according to soccer wages, not national wages,″ Craciunescu said.
In Romania the average wage is just $100 a month, but soccer players and coaches can make as much as $100,000 a year.