NEWS

Match-fixing claims to be scrutinized

A Thessaloniki prosecutor yesterday ordered an urgent preliminary investigation into allegations of match fixing in Greek soccer following the implication of six figures linked to the sport. Former soccer referees, a player’s agent and the brother of an international-level player are among those implicated in the alleged match fixing by a man known as Costas S., whose comments were aired on television on Monday. German referee Robert Hoyzer has reportedly described Costas S. as the «Greek link» between the Thessaloniki ring and three Croatians jailed in Germany for allegedly fixing German matches. Greek Soccer Federation (EPO) President Vassilis Gagatsis is to visit Athens Chief Prosecutor Dimitris Papangelopoulos, sources said yesterday after Germany’s soccer body refused to give EPO transcripts of Hoyzer’s testimony.