The British press has revealed in the past the deep corruption in FIFA’s ranks and the scandal of the successful bid Qatar had to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In England they are very skeptical over the upcoming elections in FIFA as the current UEFA President Michel Platini could be a strong candidate among others to succeed Sepp Blatter.
Daily Mail reported the suspicious movements of Platini in the European Football and they way he runs UEFA, raising the question whether the Frenchman is the best possible candidate to stop the corruption in FIFA. Daily Mail responds to that question by referring to the background relations Platini seems to have with the Hellenic Football Federation and with Olympiakos as well. Also it refers to the presence of Theodoros Theodoridis in UEFA and the alleged involvement of Olympiakos President Vaggelis Marinakis in the criminal organisation scandal in Greek football.Daily Mail reports the following:Platini's Greek problem
Those so keen to install Michel Platini as the next president of FIFA may wish to consider standards of governance at UEFA before celebrating his impending succession. It would appear Angela Merkel is not the only leader with a Greek problem.
UEFA’s deputy general secretary is Theodore Theodoridis, a long-standing board member of the Hellenic Football Federation and a UEFA employee since 2008. His father, Savvas Theodoridis, is vice-president of Olympiacos, who have won all bar two editions of the Greek championship since 1996.
There may be a reason for this, however, as the club’s chairman, Vangelis Marinakis, is under investigation over allegations that he bribed and influenced match officials, league officials and disciplinary panel judges. One of the accusations concerns the bombing of a bakery owned by a high-profile referee. Marinakis has already been acquitted by one investigation, but another is ongoing, and he is on strict bail terms, reporting to police every 15 days. He was banned from football activities in June, although club ownership is somehow permitted. Despite this scandal, there is no sign of Olympiacos’s participation in the Champions League coming under threat.
When allegations of corruption dogged Fenerbahce, UEFA similarly did not act until domestic inquiries had been completed — but they did warn the Turkish federation that there could be severe consequences if they did not voluntarily withdraw the club from competition. Fenerbahce served a one-year suspension from Europe, while investigations continued, before UEFA added their own punishment. That order came from Gianni Infantino, UEFA general secretary and, as such, Theodoridis’s boss.
Strangely, Infantino has made no similar demands of the Hellenic Football Federation over Olympiacos. Still, the Football Association are among those who have already happily pledged their support for Platini as football’s honest broker, so no doubt they are satisfied with the impeccable and consistent conduct of his UEFA regime.