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Vangelis Marinakis in fresh trouble

By George Georgakopoulos

A new case implicating the president of Olympiakos and the Super League, Vangelis Marinakis, came to the surface on July 11 when a prosecutor filed charges against the well-known shipowner for instigating and facilitating acts of violence.

According to the fresh case, which is separate from the one concerning match fixing, Marinakis, the president of second-division club Ilioupoli, Giorgos Tsakogiannis, and others cooperated so that a group of hardcore Olympiakos fans would travel to Corinth on March 13, ahead of a third-division Korinthos vs Panachaiki match, «in order to provoke riots and to bring about a penalty for Panachaiki president Alexis Kouyias.»

Kouyias is the prominent controversial lawyer who blew the whistle earlier this season on match-fixing suspects Tsakogiannis, Marinakis and Olympiakos Volou president Achilleas Beos.

"What has emerged from the [recorded] conversations is that Tsakogiannis informed [Ioannis] Papadopoulos that he had made arrangements and Vangelis Marinakis was aware of the plan for Olympiakos fans to cause riots,» the prosecutor's report says.

The case comes on top of that concerning match fixing and illegal betting and is likely to create further unrest in Greek soccer given that it identifies top officials inciting violence.

Nevertheless, the Super League decided on July 11 to ratify the final table for the 2010-11 season, despite all outstanding issues and protests by a number of clubs.

In another taped conversation, Tsakogiannis is heard asking a hardcore Ilioupoli supporter to get a group of fans together in order to attack Constantinos Charalambidis, the president of fellow second-division club Ionikos, on February 27.

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