The Football Attorney District of the Greek Football Association, Konstantinos Petropoulos has already accused Veroia directors Giorgos Arvanitidis and Giorgos Lanaris for bribery and match-fixing regarding Olympiakos – Veroia game which was played on the 6th of January 2013 and Olympiakos claimed a 3-0 victory.
However, Diki football show on Skai TV revealed last night that Marinakis is also accused for bribery in this game as according to the existing data “the presidents of both clubs agreed with unfair actions to manipulate the final result”.
Taking this into consideration, the Football Attorney District is likely to accuse Marinakis as well. If it happens both Veroia and Olympiakos will face the relegation scare as it is the only ban can be given for these cases.
The accusation against Veroia was down to the Disciplinary Code of 2012 as this Code existed when the alleged manipulated game took part. The Disciplinary Code of 2014 seems to be more lenient than the one of 2012. According to the current Disciplinary Code a club is accused for match-fixing when two or more of their players are involved in the manipulated game. In the Disciplinary Code of 2012 this condition does not exist.
The bans, though, remain the same and therefore the punishment is as follows: The clubs are banned with relegation, and with a fee of 300,000 euros, while the people involved are banned from football for a period of 10 years at least.
However, in Greek football there are cases where the above bans were not given. In the summer of 2011, Olympiakos Volou and Kavala were punished with relegation but after their appeal they were finally banned with point deduction, despite the fact that this alteration was illegal.