26 Oct 2010

UEFA asks Cyprus official for proof of corruption claims

6:18 am on 26 October 2010

European football's governing body UEFA has asked a Cypriot official to provide proof of corruption related to the decision to award Poland and Ukraine the Euro 2012 championship.

Germany's respected Suddeutsche Zeitung reported that Spyros Marangos had said he had evidence that certain UEFA representatives were corrupted in the bidding process in 2007, when Italy and a joint Croatia and Hungary bid missed out.

Bid processes for football tournaments have recently come under scrutiny with world governing body FIFA provisionally suspending two members of its executive committee on suspicion of selling their votes to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.