Under the pressure of international federations (FIFA), the Greek Federation was "forced" in the summer of 2014 to create some provisions, that would never be created otherwise.
And that is because these provisions oblige the federation for some actions that would turn greek football upside down! But this could only be done by a solid and decisive management, without dependencies and opportunistic tactics in every level.
Even though the provisions were added, nothing changed. EPO ignores them, which means that it is violating them. They are just filling the pages of the disciplinary code.
The provisions we are talking about are included in the "CHAPTER C: INTEGRITY OF MATCHES", of the disciplinary code.
In article 17, which contains the "General Provisions", we can find the following:
"The competent body of the federation, without any delay and before the verdict of the criminal court, will try these cases. The disciplinary proceedings should not stop if the involved people have left the country and are not under the authority of EPO".
COMMENT: The provision is clear and everybody can understand that it is not applied. There is no need for a criminal court, before the cases are tried by sports justice. Even at the level of a conclusion or prosecution and of course before the end of any investigation, sports justice must try the open cases. Those who are prosecuted (along with the involved teams) for the putative criminal organization in football, should have already been to sport courts. Additionally, the reports of UEFA concerning suspicious matches should have been sent to sports justice. The files are in the hands of the sports prosecutor and he is studying them, but he may need time for conclusions. The report should have been in the hands of the football prosecutor, so that he could send them to sports justice before the verdict of the prosecution office of Athens.
"In the case of match manipulation or attempt of manipulation, it is enough if the facts come from sufficient evidence in the hands of the disciplinary body, according to the case-law of CAS, because they do not have investigating authorities or procedural ways, compared to the criminal judicial body"
COMMENT: The people that are running greek football always repeat that they do not have the mechanism to investigate cases of match manipulation, in order to prove the guilt of everybody involved. It is a ridiculous excuse, which is proven wrong by the disciplinary code they have drawn up! And of course it is an excuse used by everyone that is involved in the corruption cases in football: there is no evidence, no proof and other cliche that just convince their "fan armies". Facts and proof are only needed in criminal courts. Sports justice does not need ANY solid proof! Teams and persons could be punished with sufficient evidence! Teams and people could be punished even with the evidence of the reports of UEFA. And regarding the "verdict of Korea", we are not talking about simple evidence. People from the legal and judicial field say that they are more than sufficient!
"EPO acknowledges the need of cooperation and exchange of information and technical knowledge with the state authorities, including the police and the judicial authority in order to win the fight against the manipulation of matches".
COMMENT: We are asking the federation to tell us when and for what case did it cooperate closely and exchanged information and technical knowledge with the police and the judicial authority. We would like to be informed about its actions. We will say just one thing: the deputy public prosecutor of the appeals court of Athens Virginia Sakellaropoulou, who was the home advocate at the first trial for fixed matches in 2013 is investigating perjury at that trial and fact concealing. She is investigating, because the integrity officer of the federation did not appear in the trial. She is investigating because nobody spoke in the trial and the "law of silence" prevailed, while the jury found five people guilty and considered six matches manipulated. She is investigating, because people of high and important positions in football pretended they did not know anything about it. So, this is the cooperation and exchange of information with the state authorities according to the federation...
"EPO will establish a net of safe report, anonymously if it is necessary, of facts of manipulating or attempt of manipulating".
COMMENT: Greek football hasn't even dreamt of a "net of safe report of facts or attempts of manipulation". It has already happened in several countries that have a problem with fixed matches and corruption in football. FIFA, UEFA, EPFL, FIFPro, Interpol, European Union and many other bodies have said that it is necessary to be done in every country. Many countries even have an application for mobiles, so that the player or referee could inform immediately when somebody tries to influence him. In Greece EPO faces the problem... like there isn't a problem!
"EPO will organize educational programs, especially for young players, that will show the dangers of participating in the manipulation of matches and will make sure that everybody involved in football matches knows and respects the rules".
COMMENT: Nobody has seen these educational programs. In a limited level, Super League made an effort last year with "Honesty in Football: Your team. Your career. Your responsibility!". Besides that, nothing else special. A convention ("Don't fix it") was organized last year by the Football Players' Union and there is where the inactivity of EPO regarding the prevention and education in order to face match fixing was proven.
NOTE 1: In the Article 39-Transitional provisions of the disciplinary code it is cleverly mentioned that "the rule is applied in disciplinary offenses committed after its beginning (1/7/2014). It is also applied for offenses committed before the beginning of its validity, if the provisions are favorable to the offenders comparing to the ones that were valid when the offense was committed".
The offenses that are mentioned by Koreas have been committed in the past, but there are sentences, even if the provisions that were voted last summer are not considered. However, there are reports by UEFA about suspicious matches for this season as well.
NOTE 2: In Paragraph 5 of Article 17 it is written: the disciplinary offenses of manipulating a match, attempting to manipulate or any other corrupted action involved in manipulating a match is unalienable".
Maybe the most important provision. The offenses are unalienable, so it is never too late!