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13th September 2015
Greek prosecutors have charged 85 defendants for their alleged involvement in match-fixing in Greek football, according to local reports. According to the AFP, there were originally 158 defendants implicated in match-fixing in Greek football which occurred between 2010 and 2011, but only 85 of them were charged.
It is reported that among those to face trial at the Court of Appeals Council in Greece are five club Presidents, dozens of football players, referees, betting agents, managers and a former employee of the Greek Football Federation (EPO). The daily Athens broadsheet, the Kathimerini, named those charged as including the former President of second tier side Olympiacos Volou and current Mayor of the city of Volos, Achilleas Beos, as well as Super League (the highest professional football league in Greece) President Giorgos Borovilos and former Greek international footballer Avraam Papadopoulos.
The charges reportedly range from membership of a criminal organisation to bribery, manipulating results and illegal betting. The court’s prosecutor, Panayiotis Poulios, allegedly accused Beos of directing a criminal organisation, money laundering and criminal activity that defrauded a state controlled company of millions of euros.
Charges were reportedly dropped against the remaining 73 original defendants, including the owner and Chairman of national champions Olympiacos, Vangelis Marinakis, due to a lack of evidence. Last month Marinakis was banned from football by the Council of Misdemeanours in Athens, but released on bail under strict conditions after he was charged with being involved in and directing a criminal organisation, aiding and abetting blackmailing, aiding and abetting extortion, and aiding and abetting bribery and fraud. The charges against Marinakis relate to a separate match-fixing case and are denied by Marinakis, who posted a statement on Olympiacos’ official website stating that he would remain as ‘President, shareholder and guarantor of the future of our Olympiacos.’
In the same month the former President of the EPO, Giorgos Sarris, was reportedly also banned from football, released on bail at a sum of €50,000 and ordered to remain in Greece as part of his bail terms.