Seven charged over illegal betting in Greece
Judicial authorities in Greece said seven people have been charged with breaking gambling laws by betting on matches which they knew had been fixed in advance.
The emerging scandal has rattled the professional game in Greece, where the country's Football Association suspended its operations on Monday in a move designed to give authorities a chance to reform the sport.
Seven gamblers were charged with fraud-related offenses, while eight other suspects are being investigated after allegedly making more than €15,000 ($22,000) each from state-controlled football pools, according to judicial officials Monday.
The probe was launched after football's governing body in Europe, UEFA, handed Greek authorities a report citing irregular betting patterns in 2009 and 2010, mostly involving Greek Cup and Division 2 games. Team officials and players are due give testimony later this year.
On Monday, the Greek FA implemented a decision taken by its governing board on Friday to suspend all activities indefinitely, and to seek talks with the government and professional clubs on reforms.
FA chief Sofoklis Pilavios said the move was a response to both repeated cases of fan violence at Greek matches, and to allegations of corruption in the domestic game.
Pilavios said on Friday that Greek football had fallen into the "hands of hooligans, violence, and match-fixers."
The suspension occurred in the Greek off-season, with domestic leagues due to start in late August and the next competitive international not until Sept. 2, a Euro 2012 qualifier in Israel.
Latest in Sport
The Prince of Wales Stakes today is regarded by many as the No1 race of the Royal Ascot meeting and ...
by Gareth Purnell
19 June 2013 02:01 AM
Today’s St James Palace looks a cracker and there has been sustained money for Dawn Approach since t...
by Gareth Purnell
18 June 2013 02:01 AM
Newcastle don’t need a football director – they need a new medical team after finishing bottom of the injury league
Newcastle United have shocked their fans by appointing Joe Kinnear as director of football but new f...
by Alex Miller
17 June 2013 04:39 PM
- 1 Freedom fighters? Cannibals? The truth about Syria’s rebels
- 2 Breaking the Silence: In the reality of occupation, there are no Palestinian civilians – only potential terrorists
- 3 Special Report: US troops are stationed in Japan to protect the nation. But to sex workers in Okinawa, they bring fear, not security
- 4 Vice pulls 'breathtakingly tasteless' fashion shoot glorifying the suicides of famous female authors from Sylvia Plath to Virginia Woolf
- 5 Iran to send 4,000 troops to aid President Assad forces in Syria