ATHENS – The scandal in Greek soccer has led to a prosecutor bringing charges against 16 soccer officials and referees as part of ongoing investigation into match fixing.
The accused include members of the Greek Soccer Federation (EPO). They face charges including conspiring to form a criminal gang.
The game has been probed for several years with occasional charges of widespread corruption, including bribery, beating of referees, match-fixing and other wrongdoing but hasn’t led to a major prosecution yet.
Previous accusations have led to claims that even top matches are fixed so people can profit off betting and that it reaches into the highest echelons of the game, including owners who so far have been immune from prosecution.
Violence and hooliganism, including the murders of fans, has also occurred and the professional league was recently briefly shut down after a top refereeing official was set up with iron bars and attacked near his home. Nobody was arrested.