List grows in match-fix­ing case

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More than 800 sus­pects are said to be im­pli­cated in the match-fix­ing scan­dal that has rocked Greek soc­cer, and prof­its from bets placed on the games are es­ti­mated to have amounted to many mil­lions of eu­ros.

Around 13 mil­lion eu­ros was made from bet­ting on a sin­gle match cur­rently be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by authorities, sources said yes­ter­day.

The sus­pects, who in­clude Olympiakos owner and Su­per League pres­i­dent Van­ge­lis Mari­nakis, Olympiakos Volou pres­i­dent Achil­leas Beos and Kavala owner Makis Pso­mi­adis, are ac­cused of set­ting up an ex­ten­sive match-fix­ing net­work with links in seven coun­tries, in the largest scan­dal to af­fect the game in Greece. AEK and Panathi­naikos have asked Mari­nakis to step down as Su­per League chief.

The list of those be­ing treated as sus­pects so far stretches to 83 peo­ple and in­cludes Olympiakos de­fender Avraam Pa­padopou­los, agents, busi­ness­men, for­mer ref­er­ees, book mak­ers and club of­fi­cials, mostly from the coun­try’s sec­ond divi­sion.

Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished yes­ter­day in the Cypriot edi­tion of Kathimerini, a large chunk of the money made in il­le­gal bet­ting was laun­dered in Cyprus. The cash, the news­pa­per re­ported, was trans­ferred to Cyprus in­side suit­cases. “It was car­ried by peo­ple above sus­pi­cion, be­fore it was de­posited in a spe­cific ac­count in a branch of Em­po­riki Bank,” sources said.

Greece has asked Cypriot authorities to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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