Nine held for match fixing
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.