Soccer Chairman Kidnaps, Assaults Car Thieves

Not to roll out back-to-back soccer posts, but sometimes the news is just too good to keep a lid on. The Chairman (read: President/CEO) of Romanian soccer side Steau Bucharest, George “Gigi” Becali, is so street that he, quite literally, is a gangster. He worked his way to dominant (51 percent) ownership of the Champions League and UEFA Cup level squad by selling land he didn’t own to the Romanian Army, and he’s pushed out every challenger to his soccer reign of terror that has ever emerged.

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(This really is George Becali. Swear to God. It’s not some kind of a Godfather photo or something.)

Well, now ol’ uncle Gigi is under investigation — and detained in Romania — for kidnapping and assaulting three men who had the misfortune of choosing his car to steal. According to the ASSOCIATED PRESS, Becali called in six of his best strongmen to head out and chase down the thieves, threaten them at gunpoint and then leave them stranded in a village way the heck outside of town.

So, how much was Becali’s custom Mercedes worth? According to reports, approximately $161,000. What’s more striking, as pointed out by the excellent soccer blog DIRTY TACKLE, is that he claims he’s “owed” some $107 million by creditors. So, tangentially, he feels it’s ok to put out a metaphorical beat down on a group of dumb car thieves who try to steal his car, but he’s not sending out goons to chase down his $107 million? When his current net worth only stands at around $2.68 million? Something’s amiss here, no?

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(We could post sinister photos of this guy all day. There’s that many of them.)

Either way, at least we now know one thing for sure: When in Bucharest, stay the hell away from cars. It’s not worth taking any rides lest you be confused for wandering car thieves.