Match-fixing Trial Postponed Until November 7 as Courtroom Deemed too Small for 84 Defendants

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The trial of the 84 people charged for being involved to a football match-fixing racket has been postponed until November 7 due to a lack of space in the courtroom. The affair concerns allegations that at least 40 matches had been fixed in the Greek championship from 2008 to 2011.

Following the calling out of all the defendants on Monday, it was decided that the space was insufficient to fit all the accused, their counsels and some 65 or so witnesses involved in the trial that includes soccer club officials, players and referees.

Former Olympiakos President of Volos, Achilleas Beos, the elected mayor of Volos whose duties have been suspended due to the criminal court case, was indicted as a key player in the case. Other people who stand accused include several club officials and shareholders, including Super League President Constantinos Chrysohoidis.

Super League Chairman and Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis had also been accused but was acquitted and is now attending the case as one of the 69 witnesses in the trial.