OFFICIAL: OFI and Aiginiakos acquitted of match fixing

OFFICIAL: OFI and Aiginiakos acquitted of match fixing

In March, OFI and Aiginiakos were found guilty of match-fixing in the 2017/2018 Football League, but the charges have been dropped after a successful appeal.

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On March 4, the Hellenic Football Federation’s (EPO) Ethics Committee released its decision concerning the match-fixing allegations made against OFI and Aiginiakos, with the organisation declaring the two clubs guilty. The match in question was a Football League game between OFI and Aiginiakos on November 12, 2017, in which the Cretans registered a 6:0 victory. According to reports, there was an underhand agreement in place for Aiginiakos to lose by at least three goals, and the two clubs had subsequently been found guilty of rigging that particular game.   

Fotis Tsalos, the then OFI president, has been given a lifetime ban from footballing activities, with his Aiginiakos counterpart Giannis Nopas receiving the same punishment. Footballers Vasilis Liolios (Aiginiakos), Athanasios Tolios (Aiginiakos) and Panagiotis Giazitzoglou (Aiginiakos) had been penalised with a 10-year ban from the sport and a 5,000 fine for their involvement in fixing the match.

However, after an appeal, all parties have been acquitted of match-fixing.

The Appeals Committee announced that it doesn’t believe any of the involved organisations/persons were guilty of corruption, so the charges have consequently been dropped.

At the moment, OFI sit in 13th place of the Super League with 28 points from 28 matches, with the Cretans on course to compete against the second best Football League club in a relegation/promotion playoff. Aiginiakos languish in 15th position of the Football League and are doomed to relegation to the Gamma Ethniki.


by Shaun Nicolaides

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