Romania’s most successful team, Steaua Bucharest, is owned by controversial Romanian political, Gigi Becali. He’s a Member of the European Parliament and Romania’s National Liberal Party. But his views are anything but socially liberal.
He has been accused of homophobia, misogyny and racism in his time.
Here's a time line of some of his quotes and actions that are suitable for Bleacher Report (there’s a lot worse that I just cannot put on here):
November 2006: Becali commissions a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper with himself as Christ, and the Steaua Bucharest players as his Disciples.
February 2011: Becali says the president of the Romanian league, Dumitru Dragomir, "must be beaten" for "humiliating" Steaua during TV rights negotiations and accused him of "corrupting football." He also insists, in 2008, that Dragomir called him “a tramp” so they had a fight.
March 2011: Marius Lacatus, who Becali once hailed as “the last solution for Steaua.” resigns as Steaua manager after a year, with Becali giving the reason for his resignation:
"I pick this team. It's not a democracy."
He appoints Sorin Cartu as his fifth coach of the season, explaining:
"I'm giving him three months. We'll see."
April 2011: Becali responds to Rapid Bucharest president Dinu Gheorghe referencing Becali's first job as a shepherd.
"What? He is a filthy jerk. A fat bum. I'll force this ***** back up his mother. I'm tired of him, all his irony and jokes. He forces me to lose control! He's way out of line."
December 2011: CFR Cluj owner Arpad Paszkany talks about Becali:
"Total coward. He hides behind a microphone. Let's solve this like men, in a ring, with fists and feet, no rules.”
Leading Becali to respond:
"You want in the ring, let's get in the ring, b****. I'll break your arms and legs. Let's take guns too. Let us shoot with guns."
April 2012: Becali, as part of an Easter message, apologizes to any Steaua Bucharest fans he’s offended.
"I'm sorry for offending them. Apart from the ones who called for me to die just before Easter. They are possessed by Satan."
August 2012: Becali claims about Lady Gaga:
“She's a disciple of Satan. She probably doesn't even realise she's possessed. When we see her we must spit.”
February 2013: And prior to Chelsea’s upcoming match with Steaua in the Europa League, Becali says:
“Let [Roman] Abramovich compare his clothes with mine then we can see whose suits are really expensive. Why would I sit at the Ajax [who Steaua beat in the last round] president's table? He wears €200 shoes, mine cost €4,000.”