Chairman of Greek soccer club AEK Athens arrested

The chairman of the Greek soccer club AEK Athens chairman has

been arrested, with his team accused of not paying $219.5 million

in taxes.

Andreas Dimitrelos was in police custody Thursday and is to

testify before a magistrate Friday.

It was the latest high-profile arrest over taxes in a country

reeling from economic problems. The club said the alleged offenses

came before Dimitrelos became chairman last year. It said the

matter was being settled in a restructuring procedure initiated by

AEK under the country’s bankruptcy code.

AEK is 11th in the 16-team Greek league.

Also this week, midfielder Giorgos Katidis was suspended from

AEK after celebrating a goal with a Nazi-style salute. He also

received a lifetime ban from the national team.