Michel Platini admits having received “a lithograph” of Picasso from the Russian oligarch Ousmanov

Will the French justice investigation into the controversial concession of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar lead to the questioning of football personalities before the opening of the next World Cup in the gas emirate, organized in November and December? At this stage, no accusation has been pronounced in the framework of the judicial investigation opened, in November 2019, by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) for “active and passive corruption”, as well as for “reception and laundering of these crimes ”. .

The Mediapart news site said on Monday, April 4, that French investigators were polarized in 2017, as part of the preliminary investigation, about a ” picasso painting » that Michel Platini would have potentially received from the Russian oligarch Alicher Ousmanova close friend of Vladimir Putin currently in the crosshairs of European Union (EU) sanctions following his country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Since 2014 and an article from sunday time In 2014, it was rumored that the Frenchman, who at that time was the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), received such a gift from Russia.

In December 2017, French investigators simultaneously searched the addresses of Michel Platini, in Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine) and Cassis (Bouches-du-Rhône). According to Mediapart, they only found a lithograph by Picasso in Saint-Cloud.

However, in a wiretap broadcast by Mediapart, Michel Platini’s wife, Christelle, mentioned, during a conversation on December 14, 2017 with her husband, the existence of a “Ushmanov painting”, “the Picasso under Ouchmanov”, at his residence in Cassis. “I think I saved it. You said, “I don’t want those things” […] when he offered itMrs. Platini had told her husband.

Mediapart wonders about this element in the context of the assignment, in December 2010, of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. At that time, Platini had favored England’s candidacy for a time, before favoring that of the Netherlands-Belgium tandem , and then Russia, which won at the polls in the second round. He had previously secured a European country’s victory for the 2018 World Cup by maneuvering to rule out the United States’ bid for this edition.

Platini’s field evokes “two lithographs by Picasso”

According to Michel Platini’s entourage, the former Blues number 10 has “He received two lithographs by Picasso.” “A Naked Woman”offered to the former lawn star, “twenty or twenty-five years ago” by an Italian journalist from the Sports Newsletterand other, “in June 2016 and therefore after the 2018 World Cup award vote”for the 61st birthday of Mr. Platini, received from billionaire Alicher Ousmanov.

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