OPINION

Cleaning up the world of soccer

Discrepancies discovered by the financial crimes squad after examining the books of the Hellenic Soccer Federation (EPO) have shown that Greek soccer is in trouble, not just on the pitch, but in the accounting department as well. While the problems being faced within the arena may be difficult to fix, solving the problem of tax evasion is simply a matter of regular inspections and strict application of the law. At times like these, when the needs of society are growing rapidly and the fiscal deficit is hovering where it is, the government should not be doing soccer clubs or media owners any favors when it comes to their tax obligations. The government needs to apply the rule of law across the board and this includes tax law. Cases concerning the average citizen and those concerning interest groups should be dealt with equally and with only one criterion in mind: Greek law.