Officials probing Greek soccer corruption removed from cases

Two prosecutors who were investigating cases involving alleged corruption in soccer have been replaced.

The new head of the first instance court prosecutor’s office, Ilias Zagoraios, took the decision, which surprised the two judicial officials – Haris Lakafosis and Aristidis Koreas – as neither prosecutor had asked to be replaced.

Lakafosis was investigating a case involving forged tax documents supplied by clubs so they could be cleared to take part in the Greek league.

Koreas was in the last stage of investigating alleged attempts to influence the refereeing of matches.

The prosecutor had reached the stage of demanding depositions from 11 key soccer figures – four from the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO), two from EPO’s Central Refereeing Committee (KED), two Super League club chairmen and three top-flight referees – suspected of corruption.

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