A truly incredible story is emerging from the depths of the Aegean Sea, with a Luxembourg court claiming that the Greek AEK Athens has been the beneficiary of scammed and stolen funds, which have subsequently been used to finance their stay in the Greek top flight.
Who is the owner of AEK Athens?
Greek team AEK Athens is owned by 70-year-old business magnate Dimitris Melissanidis. His current presidency is his second time at the helm of the club, having also been president of the team in the nineties.
Therefore, as they tend to do, he gets into a lot of pie when it comes to making money, as the Greek also founded Aegean Marine Petroleum Network inc (Aegean Oil), an international fuel company, in 1999.
Aegean Oil, however, found itself out of business at the end of 2018 as a result of accounting fraud, which saw close to € 200 million wiped from its asset sheet, and plunged them into the red enough that they were forced to file for bankruptcy.
Questions about these funds and where they finally ended up have been circulating ever since.
Melissanidis accused of using these funds to pay for AEK Athens gambling staff and facilities
In the past week, a Luxembourg court has filed a case that provides what they see as evidence of player payments with Aegean funds. According to Paul Nicholson of insideworldfootball.com, AEK received more than 10 million euros from an intermediary between Aegean and the Oiltank Engineering and Consulting football club.
This financing supposedly lasted from 2015-2018, until the aforementioned company closed. At one point, AEK Athens CFO Dimitris Patkas asked the director of OTE to “Make sure that by the end of the month of 9/30/15 the [Ronald] Vargas of € 19,890 and for [Diego] Good evening, € 23,880 will be paid ”.
Bounanotte joined the club in 2015, but left the club a year later after helping AEK to their latest trophy, the Greek cup. Vargas also joined the Greek team in 2015, leaving the club two years later for Australian club Newcastle Jets.
Meanwhile, Patkas is also emailing owner Melissanidis, requesting a loan of “say, 5 million” from OTE, which if true demonstrates the owner’s entanglement with the whole situation beyond question.
If true, there could be major repercussions for both the club and the owner, as the Greek team have played in the UEFA Europa League since then, as well as lifting the silver medal in 2015, the year the club was used. money. to fund player transfers.
However, while the case continues, a verdict cannot be reached.
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