Prosecutors File Charges Against 16 Greek Football Officials



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Criminal charges for felony, misdemeanor and conspiracy from a criminal organization offenses against 16 Greek football officials, including referees, members of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) and one of the country’s most popular football clubs’ chairman, in relation to the match fixing scandal were filed today by Greek prosecutors.

After months of investigations, Athens prosecutors Aristidis Koreas and Eleni Siskou finally completed their 173-page report that is expected to bring the 16 individuals before justice. It involves four EPO officials, two officials from one football club, two Referees Central Committee (KED) officials, three referees (among whom active ones) and five more from different committees. The prosecution authorities head, Ilias Zagoraios, did not give the names of those charged, due to the restriction in publication of personal details.

The 16 face charges of setting up, participating and leading a criminal organization, fraud, attempted extortion and bribery. As revealed by the prosecutors’ investigation, the criminal organization was active between the years 2011 and 2013, and amongst others appointed chosen referees to certain matches aiming to fix the results. According to the prosecutors’ report, Greek football fans have also been victims of the criminal organization, as they were following a league (Superleague) in which the results were being fixed before the kick off.

The main interrogation will be handled by an examining prosecutor, to whom the case file will be sent in the following days.