Club boss in custody on match-fixing charges

Reuters

Tue, 28 Jun 08:58:00 2011

Olympiakos Volos president Achilleas Beos has taken into custody pending trial along with two other prominent figures for alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal which rocking Greek football.

Beos, who gave three hours of testimony on Monday evening denying all charges against him, was detained in the early hours on Tuesday.

He was the third person to be detained following the owner of second-division club Ilioupoli, George Tsakogianni, and bookmaker Vassilis Karakoulia.

Another five people were bailed pending trial. A total of 83 suspects have been charged so far.

All three are accused of "directing a criminal organization, money laundering and criminal activity, repeated fraud over and above the amount of 15,000 euros."

In addition, charges of "extortion by threat of harm, repeated, bribery and corruption in altering the results of matches and participation in illegal betting" were also brought.

According to law the trio can be held for a maximum period of 18 months before facing trial.

Doubts have now been cast over Olympiakos Volos' participation in the Europa League. The club is set to begin its campaign in the second qualifying round on July 14.

The Super League is set to hold a board meeting on Tuesday where fresh announcements are expected following public appeals made by Panos Bitsaxis, the General Secretary for Sports, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens for president Vangelis Marinakis to resign.

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