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Michel Platini accused of conflict of interest for his vacation in Mykonos

13 October 2015 / 13:10:35  GRReporter
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In statements to the Greek football broadcast "Diki" ("trial" - editor’s note) on Skai TV, former president of Olympiakos Volos football club and current mayor of Volos Achileas Beos made revelations about the relationship of UEFA president Michel Platini with prominent factors in the Greek football championship.

According to Beos, Platini’s relations with Olympiakos president Vangelis Marinakis secured a lack of penalties for the team from Piraeus in the matches in the European football championships.
In the words of Beos, Michel Platini used Marinakis’ personal "Learjet" to go to Mykonos and to attend the christening of the child of UEFA deputy director-general Theodoros Theodoridis. "Theodoridis baptized his child in Mykonos. Platini arrived in Mykonos by Marinakis’ jet. Who could expect that, after all this, Olympiakos could be punished?" were the exact words of Volos mayor.

Photos of Platini’s short vacation with his girlfriend on the cosmopolitan Greek island were published in many Greek and international media.

It is worth noting that Theodoros Theodoridis is the son of Olympiakos vice president Savvas Theodoridis. According to some international media, Platini was photographed while talking with Savvas Theodoridis on the island of Mykonos, where he was a guest of the family on occasion of the wedding of their son Theodoros in 2013. "There are pictures knocking about of him sitting at the dinner table next to Marinakis, which should at best be a bit embarrassing," Matt Scott wrote on the online edition last August.

Meanwhile, last week the ethics commission of the International Football Federation FIFA suspended for 90 days its president Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini and UEFA general secretary Jerome Valcke because of suspicions of corruption.

The global media reported that the commission's decision was prompted by its investigation in connection with a contract concluded by Blatter under which an "unethical" payment of 1.8 million euro had been made to Platini in 2011. According to sources, the case involved a bribe that Platini had received from an important Swiss factor in world football not to run for the post of FIFA president.

Tags: SportFootballMichel PlatiniAllegations of corruptionOlympiakos president Vangelis MarinakisUEFA deputy secretary general Theodoros Theodoridis
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