An Athens betting agency owner was killed on Sunday after being stabbed 27 times by two suspects who claim they attacked the man in self-defense, police said yesterday. The pair told police that they went to the victim’s home in Kypseli, central Athens, on Sunday morning to be paid the 10,000 euros owed to them by Michail Biniadakis. A row followed as Biniadakis allegedly refused to hand back the money he is thought to have lost while gambling. According to the suspects, the 57-year-old victim apparently attacked them with a knife. One of the unnamed men then used a kitchen knife to fight off Biniadakis. The suspects, aged 23 and 27, claim that they had no intention of murdering the man. Police said that after the murder the two men mopped up the blood and threw away the murder weapon and bloodied clothes at a roadside dumpster.