Smash­ing a rot­ten sys­tem

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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.

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