UEFA: Cyprus probe refutes Euro 2012 claims

UEFA says justice officials in Cyprus have dismissed a former

soccer official’s claims that the 2012 European Championship was

corruptly awarded to Poland and Ukraine.

UEFA says investigations found ”no information or evidence” to

substantiate allegations made by Spyros Marangos, a former Cyprus

soccer federation treasurer.

Marangos claimed four UEFA officials took bribes of more than

$13.8 million to sell tournament rights in 2007. Poland and Ukraine

defeated Italy in a poll of UEFA executive committee members.

Marangos accused the European soccer authority after corruption

claims surfaced about FIFA’s award of 2018 and 2022 World Cup

hosting rights.

UEFA says it’s still pursuing a defamation case against Marangos

in Switzerland.