Former Cyprus FA official welcomes UEFA lawsuit
A former Cypriot Football Association official who alleges the
2012 European Championship was corruptly awarded to Poland and
Ukraine said on Friday that he will use a UEFA defamation lawsuit
against him to prove his claims.
Spyros Marangos said the legal action will give him a chance to
prove allegations that four UEFA officials took bribes of more than
?10 million ($13.8 million) to sell the tournament rights in
The eastern European neighbors defeated pre-poll favorite Italy
8-4 in a vote of UEFA executive committee members.
”My purpose is to let the truth shine,” Marangos said, adding
that he has testimony from three Cypriot witnesses and ”specific
documentation which prove the scandal.”
UEFA said it is acting against Marangos because he missed a
Wednesday deadline to provide evidence backing his claims.
But Marangos said that he will only disclose the evidence in a
Cyprus court because he doesn’t trust UEFA and fears a cover-up. He
said he would refuse to testify abroad, insisting that legal
proceedings take place in Cyprus where he feels he will receive a
”I have told UEFA that I don’t trust them to give them my
evidence … we will turn over the evidence to Cypriot justice,”
”If this (legal) procedure doesn’t start in Cyprus, then I’m
not divulging any names, or evidence or anything under any
circumstances, and I’m not afraid of this issue.”
Marangos said a planned meeting with UEFA officials in August
when he would have handed over the evidence was scrapped by the
European football body at the last minute.
He said the alleged payoffs to the four unnamed UEFA officials
were made through a law office based in the southern coastal town
of Limassol that ”represents Ukrainian interests.”
Officials in Poland and Ukraine have denied Marangos’ claims,
while football officials in Cyprus and Italy also dismissed the
Marangos, a former CFA treasurer, left the association in 2007
after failing to win re-election to its board. He said he expects
legal proceedings against him to begin in a month’s time.
Also on Friday, Romania’s anti-corruption prosecutors said they
are investigating the country’s football federation president over
claims he took a bribe to vote for the 2012 European Championship
to be held in Poland and Ukraine.
Mircea Sandu has denied the allegations.