Greece: Football boss convicted for match-fixing
A court in Greece has convicted a 58-year-old businessman on
match-fixing charges, two years after his football club Kavala was
expelled from professional leagues.
Former nightclub owner Makis Psomiadis was sentenced to 4 1/2
years in prison on Thursday after he was convicted on charges of
attempted blackmail and bribery in 2009 while he was in charge of
Kavala. He was cleared on more serious charges of forming a
UEFA was involved in the Greek match-fixing scandal that
involved several Greek Cup and second division games. Greek
investigators considered Psomiadis to be the ”de facto chairman”
and to be in financial control of Kavala, though his son Stavros
held the official title of chairman.
Both men deny any wrongdoing.
Makis Psomiadis has served a total of two years in pre-trial
detention – including several months in neighboring Macedonia where
he was arrested on an international warrant before being extradited
back to Greece – and was allowed to pay a fine for the remainder of
his sentence, but he remained in prison to await trial on separate
Kavala was promoted to the top league in 2009 and reached the
semifinals of the Greek Cup the following year.