View Full Version : [Greece] Club boss in custody for match fixing

07-02-2011, 07:19 PM
Athens, Greece - Olympiakos Volos president Achilleas Beos has been taken into custody pending trial along with two other prominent figures for alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal that has rocked Greek football.

Beos, who gave three hours of testimony on Monday evening denying all charges against him, was detained in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

He was the third person to be detained, along with the owner of second-division club Ilioupoli, George Tsakogianni, and bookmaker Vassilis Karakoulia.

Another five people were bailed pending trial. A total of 83 suspects have been charged so far.

All three are accused of “directing a criminal organisation, money laundering and criminal activity, repeated fraud over and above the amount of 15 000 euros (R147 000).”

In addition, charges of “extortion by threat of harm, repeated, bribery and corruption in altering the results of matches and participation in illegal betting” were also brought.

According to law the trio can be held for a maximum period of 18 months before facing trial.

Doubts have now been cast over Olympiakos Volos' participation in the Europa League. The club is set to begin its campaign in the second qualifying round on July 14.

The Super League is set to hold a board meeting on Tuesday where fresh announcements are expected following public appeals made by Panos Bitsaxis, the general secretary for sport, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens for president Vangelis Marinakis to resign. - Reuters