Nine held for match fix­ing

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Po­lice con­firmed yes­ter­day the ar­rest of nine sus­pects, in­clud­ing the pres­i­dents of two Su­per League clubs based out­side Athens as well as sev­eral of­fi­cials from sec­ond-divi­sion teams, for their al­leged in­volve­ment in fix­ing soc­cer matches.

This fol­lowed an ex­ten­sive po­lice search at the homes of a num­ber of peo­ple sus­pected of help­ing to fix the re­sults of 41 matches dur­ing the last three sea­sons in do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tions. Lo­cal soc­cer authorities had been alerted by Euro­pean soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body UEFA.

The nine Greek men re­manded in cus­tody are ac­cused of fraud­u­lent bet­ting, money laun­der­ing and par­tic­i­pa­tion in a crim­i­nal gang. Po­lice said all the sus­pects would be taken to the pros­e­cu­tor in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case to­day.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, at least 20 peo­ple in to­tal were ini­tially taken into cus­tody, in­clud­ing the coach of a sec­ond-divi­sion club and the son of a well-known Athens soc­cer and bas­ket­ball of­fi­cial.

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