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Platini pledges to support Greek soccer

Greece?s culture minister says UEFA President Michel Platini has promised to send teams of experts to Athens this summer to help Greece reform its football leagues following a spate of fan violence at games and a match-fixing scandal.

Platini is on a brief visit to Athens and met Tuesday with Prime Minister George Papandreou and Pavlos Geroulanos, a minister for culture and sport.

Geroulanos says four teams of experts from European football’s governing body will head to Greece to provide advice on dealing with match-fixing, doping, violence and refereeing.

More than 60 Greek club officials, players, businessmen and others are under investigation in a corruption probe. Ten people were in custody on corruption charges.

[AP]