ATHENS – Greece’s widening soccer scandal – another in a series – has hit 11 officials who will be brought before a prosecutor on Sept. 15 to answer questions.
Aristidis Koreas is investigating allegations that the draws to decide which match officials were appointed to referee games in Greece’s Super League were fixed.
The 11 were due to be questioned on Aug. 20 but asked for more time to prepare their depositions.
A council of misdemeanor judges recently granted Koreas the right to have access to suspects’ telephone records.
Last month it was reported that four soccer players from a Super League team colluded with others to affect the course of games so they could win thousands of euros from betting.
According to the probe’s results, seen by Kathimerini, a 24-year-old player repeatedly contacted a 28-year-old man regarding betting issues ahead of a game between Olympiakos and Panionios.
The soccer player advised his contact to bet on there being more than 13 corners in the game. There were in fact 16 – 13 conceded by Panionios and three by Olympiakos. This allegedly led to a post-tax betting win of 19,100 euros.
Wiretaps on the players’ phones suggest that the 24-year-old was to be paid 6,300 euros and the other three players lesser amounts.
The 24-year-old was also found to be in contact with a 48-year-old gas station owner to whom he allegedly owned 30,000 euros. In a text message, the player appears to suggest he could help fix matches.