Smashing a rotten system
Nobody can claim to have been shocked by the revelations about match fixing in Greek soccer that have grabbed the sporting world’s attention. The scandals that have started to come to light are just another symptom of the rot and corruption that has pervaded the country’s public life. An organized ring of provocative nouveau-riche and crass officials and agents were allowed to do whatever they liked for years, secure in the knowledge that they wouldn’t have to face any consequences. This underworld was, it seems, above the law and the state. Something, however, has changed lately. Pressure from international authorities and pressure on the Greek justice system to do its job fast and efficiently is beginning to bring results. The fact that such scandals are being blown wide open is a positive development that comes at a time when public opinion needs to feel that no one, no matter how powerful or popular they might be, can flout the laws continuously, provocatively and without punishment.