Match-fix­ing sus­pects in court

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Two sus­pects ac­cused of be­ing part of a large soc­cer match-fix­ing ring were re­manded in cus­tody af­ter ap­pear­ing be­fore a mag­is­trate yes­ter­day, while an­other five were bailed pend­ing trial.

The owner of sec­ond-divi­sion Ilioupoli, Gior­gos Tsakoyian­nis, and the owner of a China-based il­le­gal bet­ting agency, Vas­silis Karak­ou­lias, were re­manded in cus­tody af­ter ap­pear­ing in court. Tsakoyian­nis de­nied be­ing a mem­ber of any gang and said that he was never in­volved with bet­ting on soc­cer matches. He said he was only im­pli­cated in the af­fair be­cause he was ac­quainted with some of the other sus­pects. A to­tal of 83 sus­pects have been charged so far.

Karak­ou­lias said that he did not know any of the other sus­pects and that none of the 450 bet­ting slips found at his home had any­thing to do with fixed matches.

Stavros Pso­mi­adis, the son of the owner of Su­per League side Kavala, Pav­los Pso­mi­adis, was bailed af­ter deny­ing any in­volve­ment in the al­leged ring. Pso­mi­adis, 26, was asked to post bail of 800,000 eu­ros. Makis Pso­mi­adis is also among the named sus­pects but did not ap­pear in court yes­ter­day as he is still at large. His lawyer said that he would hand him­self in to po­lice this week. Authorities are seek­ing an­other three sus­pects who have been charged with be­ing at the heart of the al­leged ring.

Achil­leas Beos, the pres­i­dent of Su­per League club Olympiakos Volou, who is also al­leged to have been a key fig­ure in the ring, was due to ap­pear in court late last night.

Book­maker An­dreas Di­mopou­los, play­ers’ agent Athana­sios Dot­sis, for­mer soc­cer player Dim­itris Za­van­tias and coach Nikos Pan­telis were also re­leased on bail. All the sus­pects have been barred from leav­ing the coun­try.

Mean­while, Supreme Court pros­e­cu­tor Yian­nis Tentes ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of Anas­ta­sios Kanel­lopou­los, a deputy pros­e­cu­tor at the coun­try’s top court, af­ter his brother, Thana­sis, was im­pli­cated in the ring. Thana­sis Kanel­lopou­los had served as vice pres­i­dent of the Hel­lenic Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (EPO) and was a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Olympiakos Volou on the Su­per League board. Anas­ta­sios Kanel­lopou­los was re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing the work of pros­e­cu­tors that had been as­signed to cover sports-re­lated is­sues.

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