OFI in match-fixing allegations
SuperLeague club OFI Crete could be facing relegation and a massive fine of over 3 million euros following revelations that the club are under investigation of being involved in a match-fixing scandal.
The investigation team from the Hellenic Football Federation’s (EPO) Ethics Committee has recommended that the Cretan club should face the aforementioned punishment for alleged involvement in altering the result of a game in the 2017/18 season.
The match in question is a Football League match involving OFI and Aiginiakos, which took place in November 12, 2017. OFI won the match 6-0.
According to local media reports in Greece, OFI were summoned to a hearing facing accusations that the then president of OFI, Fotis Tsalos, had come to an agreement with the president of the Aiginiakos, Yannis Nopas, that OFI would win the match by a difference of at least three goals.
The research team of the Ethics Committee has recommended the following sentences for both OFI and Aiginiakos: relegation, deduction of six points from the start of the next season in whatever division they play in, as well as a fine of 3,150,000 Euros.
The decision is expected to be released early next month, and the investigators have also recommended the following punishments for the officials involved: lifelong bans from involvement in football for both Tsalos and Nopas, as well as a fine of 230,000 Euros each.
If EPO’s Ethics Committee upholds the decision, it will come as another major blow for Greek football and the government’s efforts in recent years of trying to clean up a domestic scene which has been plagued by match-fixing scandals.