Nine arrested for match-fixing

Police confirmed on June 22 the arrest of nine men allegedly involved in match fixing in soccer, including the presidents of two Super League clubs outside Athens as well as several officials from the second division.

It followed an extensive police search at the homes of a number of people suspected of involvement in fixing the results of 41 matches during the last three seasons in domestic competitions. Local soccer authorities had been alerted by European soccer’s governing body UEFA.

The nine Greeks remanded in custody are accused of betting fraud, money laundering and participation in a criminal group. Police announced they would all be taken to the prosecutor investigating the case on June 23.

According to reports, at least 20 people were detained in total, including a second-division club manager and the son of a well-known Athens soccer and basketball official.

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