Popescu refutes secret police reports

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Gheorghe Popescu has refuted reports that he was once an informer of the Communist secret police in Romania during the 1980s.

The 41-year-old made 23 league appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit from 1994-95 before moving on to Barcelona, and won a record 115 caps for his country, featuring at three World Cups and two European Championships.

Popescu insists he signed a document promising to 'defend the national interests' during the regime of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu; an act, he insists, that was carried out by all Romanian players competing in international competitions.

However, the Daily Adevarul have claimed that Popescu had been an informant from 1986 to 1989, accusing him of providing details to the feared Securitate.

At a news conference on Monday, Popescu vehemently denied the claims.

“My conscience isn’t clear. It’s very clear," he said.

"I didn’t inform on anyone.”

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