For­est owner de­nies drug traf­fic charges

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

GREEK ship­ping ty­coon and the owner of Olympiakos Pi­raeus and Not­ting­ham For­est soc­cer teams, Van­ge­lis Mari­nakis, de­nied any links to drug traf­fick­ing yes­ter­day, a day after a Greek prose­cu­tor brought pre­lim­i­nary charges against him.

The prose­cu­tor charged Mari­nakis with fi­nanc­ing and stor­ing drug sub­stances and set­ting up a crim­i­nal group to traf­fic and sell drugs, a ju­di­ciary source said.

The 50-year-old ship owner de­nied any wrong­do­ing say­ing that the charges were legally un­founded and ac­cused the coun­try’s left­ist-led gov­ern­ment of plot­ting against him.

“There is not the least ev­i­dence against me,” Mari­nakis said in a state­ment posted on the Olympiakos web­site, adding that “mem­bers of the gov­ern­ing coali­tion have per­sis­tently tar­geted me” and said the re­sults of any in­ves­ti­ga­tion would prove his in­no­cence.

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