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Yle: PM to probe sports minister binge

According to information obtained by Yle, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen intends to quiz Sport and Culture Minister Paavo Arhinmäki on his conduct during celebrations of Finland’s ice hockey bronze medal.  Arhinmäki came under media scrutiny for a drunken interlude at the revelries.

Paavo Arhinmäki.
Sports Minister Paavo Arhinmäki raised eyebrows following drunken celebrations of Finland's ice hockey bronze medal. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

Yle reported Sunday that Sports Minister Paavo Arhinmäki was so inebriated at the ice hockey celebrations that his behavior aroused attention. Arhinmäki later came under fire in the Finnish press with the country’s tabloids devoting prime real estate to the issue.

The tabloid daily Ilta Sanomat reported rumours that Arhinmäki, who is known as a big supporter of Helsinki club Jokerit, was carried back to his hotel room by three members of the Finnish team. Arhinmäki reportedly admitted that he had consumed alcohol during the celebrations.

Arhinmäki told Yle Monday that he regretted going too far during the unofficial victory party.

Yle reported Monday that although Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen has not specifically scheduled a meeting with Arhinmäki on the matter, the two will have ample opportunity to meet on several occasions Tuesday.

Yle said that information it obtained indicated that Katainen intends to ask Arhinmäki for an account of the incident.

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