Psomiadis convicted for match-fixing

A court in Greece has convicted a 58-year-old businessman on match-fixing charges, two years after his soccer club Kavala was expelled from professional leagues.

The court on Thursday sentenced former nightclub owner and newspaper publisher Makis Psomiadis to four-and-a-half years in prison after convicting him on charges of attempted blackmail and bribery. He was cleared on more serious charges of forming a criminal organization.

Psomiadis has served a total of two years in pre-trial detention and was allowed to pay a fine for the remainder of his sentence, but he remained in prison to await trial on separate corruption changes.

Kavala was promoted to the topflight league in 2009 and reached the semifinals of the Greek Cup the following year.