Petros Mavroidis, one of Uefa’s financial fair play investigators, has resigned from European football’s governing body over its handling of the case against French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Mavroidis, a Greek law professor who has been part of the FFP team for a number of years, is reportedly unhappy with Uefa’s decision not to launch an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport after PSG’s lawyers claimed that the Uefa Club Financial Control Body’s adjudicatory panel had missed a ten-day deadline to review the case.
He was also among the dissenting voices in 2018 when the CFCB recommended Uefa close its investigation into PSG’s finances for the three years to the summer of 2017. That recommendation was not unanimous, and Mavroidis was in favour of opening proceedings against the club.
Then, later that year, the CFCB changed its recommendation and advised Uefa should go back for further investigation. CAS, however, decreed that this was against Uefa’s own rules which give it ten days to renew cases.
Uefa has since reworded its rules to close the ten-day loophole, which also allowed Turkish club Galatasaray to avoid further investigation, another case which is reported to have contributed to Mavroidis’ unhappiness with Uefa.
Furthermore, he had pushed for harder sanctions against Italian club AC Milan, despite the seven-time Champions League winners being excluded from European competition this season – a deal the club struck with Uefa after it became obvious it would struggle to qualify for the Champions League last season.
Mavroidis was already due to step down from Uefa’s FFP investigatory team at the end of the 2019-20 season as his term is expiring.
SportBusiness has reached out to Uefa for comment.