Greek shipowner indicted on match-fixing charges

baggelis marinakis

baggelis marinakis

Greek shipping tycoon and owner of Olympiakos FC is to be indicted to stand trial on football match-fixing charges following a ruling on Wednesday by the country's Supreme Court.

Marinakis will be indicted with another 27 individuals despite earlier attempts to be tried for the lesser charge of forming a criminal gang and not for tampering with the result of matches, which is a criminal-level offence.

The petition for the lesser charge made by Supreme Court Deputy Prosecutor Evangelos Zacharakis for the annulment of an indictment against Marinakis and the rest, was thrown out in the recent ruling by the Penal Section of the Supreme Court, so now all 28 will therefore be indicted to stand trial for match-fixing.

The case was revived by an Athens Appeals Court Justices' Council ruling in 2018 and is now returning to the Athens Appeals Court, following Wednesday's decision.

Evangelos Marinakis is a Greek shipowner and member of the Piraeus city council. He is the owner of the football clubs Olympiacos in Greece and Nottingham Forest in England.