Defendants in match-fixing trial await verdict

A public prosecutor recommended on Friday that an Athens court find 11 suspects, including businessman Makis Psomiadis (photo), guilty of being part of a ring that fixed the results of soccer matches in order to win bets.

Virginia Sakellaropoulou identified seven matches that were allegedly fixed between 2009 and 2011, some involving Kavala, the team in northern Greece owned by Psomiadis. However, the prosecutor recommended that the businessman’s son, Stavros, who was Kavala’s chairman, should be cleared of all charges.

The 11 suspects face being convicted of felonies that include blackmail, bribery, illegal betting, money laundering and forming a criminal organization.