Monaco FC dismisses information that Rybolovlev appropriated € 124 million from sale of striker
Earlier, the publication Mediapart suspected that the club did not get the full amount for the transfer of Kylian Mbappé to Paris Saint-Germain.
Monaco FC posted an official statement in which it dismissed suspicions that the owner of the club, Dmitry Rybolovlev, received € 124 million from € 180 million transfer of 19-year-old striker Kylian Mbappé to Paris Saint-Germain, reports RBC referring to the club’s statement.
Earlier, the publication Mediapart wrote that Russian billionaire Rybolovlev could have appropriated a part of the money from the transfer of a young football player. “I did not take a single euro from the club's box office,” reads Monaco’s press release. The text noted that Rybolovlev invested € 335 million into the club, due to which the organization paid salaries to the players, bought new players and paid off debts. The press service expressed readiness to prove these words by providing the relevant document.
Rybolovlev is under a written undertaking not to leave the country after being charged with corruption. The Russian billionaire was suspected of trying to influence the police and the judges of Monaco who were involved in the case against art dealer Yves Bouvier. The latter allegedly sold Rybolovlev masterpieces of art at inflated prices.
Preliminary hearings of the case pertaining to embezzlements committed during the construction of notorious Zenit Arena haven’t commenced yet – but the trial of Marat Oganesyan already ceased to be monotonous. The former Deputy Head of the St. Petersburg Municipal Administration has directly hinted at the involvement of his successor – current Vice Governor Albin – in the embezzlement of billions of rubles.