Don’t drop the ball

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The match-fix­ing scan­dal that has emerged over the past few days is an ex­tremely im­por­tant is­sue and should not be al­lowed to die down or be con­signed to some ju­di­cial of­fi­cial’s drawer for con­sid­er­a­tion at a later date. The first thing that needs to be done is for the case to be in­ves­ti­gated by ev­ery state ser­vice and also with the as­sis­tance of in­ter­na­tional authorities in or­der to de­ter­mine who ben­e­fited fi­nan­cially from the match-fix­ing ring and in what way. With­out ev­i­dence of ill-got­ten gains be­ing un­cov­ered, the is­sue will re­main re­stricted to the col­or­ful state­ments of the sin­ning soc­cer of­fi­cials and no one else, and its mag­ni­tude will never come to light. It is also im­por­tant that the state and the EPO soc­cer fed­er­a­tion as­sign a well-re­spected ju­di­cial of­fi­cial who has an ab­so­lutely clean record to in­ves­ti­gate the case as it has be­come clear that nei­ther the ju­di­cial authorities that spe­cial­ize in sports nor any other ju­di­cial au­thor­ity for that mat­ter has the means or the le­git­i­macy to do so.

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