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Soccer official appears in court, UEFA pressures EPO

Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) employee Yiannis Papadopoulos handed himself in to police yesterday. Authorities had been seeking him for more than a week after he was implicated in a match-fixing scandal.

The official was taken to a prosecutor, who granted him bail. Papadopoulos denied any part in fixing the outcome of soccer matches for a network that allegedly benefited from betting on the games.

More than 80 people have been charged with being part of the ring. The chairman of Super League champion Olympiakos, Vangelis Marinakis, is due to appear before a prosecutor tomorrow.

Meanwhile, European soccer?s governing body UEFA has asked EPO to update it on the progress of the investigation, particularly as some of the clubs implicated are due to take part in the European competition but could yet be banned from participating.