"Τhere are requirements and open cases that we tried to fix. I received the order from the Prime Minister and I had to face exaggerated violence. We dealed with violence and the pitches and we tried to prepare the field for young athletes. Corruption breeds violence and vice versa. The environment has been bred in opacity and corruption. I speak mainly about professional football. The commercialization and the blending of sports with personal gain, but also the involvement of people acting in non transparent manner brings these results" Kontonis said.
About corruption: "Of course, corruption exists. The last two or three years has taken longer dimensions because of gambling. We have found together with the international institutions that there have been attempts to manipulate games for self benefit in an illegal way. Journalists must deal with corruption. In the area of sports journalism I found out that there are pens that override and obscure reality in emetic manner and form consciences in favor of business interests. Given the opportunity I want to emphasize that ministers of the Left neither are bribed nor blackmailed or scared. . We will not do anyone a favor, will not act unlawfully, the law will be applied with the same intensity".
If he is goint to be Minister of Sports again: "I'm sure that whoever takes over will do his duty, as I believe I did. Some are still trying to fake the law. We start with setting a legislative committee, a modern law that would guide us for years, but you know in politics there are no law owners, but political will for solutions to social problems. The effort is and remains collective"
About A. Spyropoulos dismissal: "I am sad. I read in the press, I think that is one of the most reputable sports journalists in the field and I was amazed by the fact. This is censorship if he is fired for sports issues. I know what's going on and I was impressed by the attitude taken by the Journalists Union when we invited them to help to challenge violence phenomena together with Sports Journalists or broadcasts or articles. I was struck by the negative attitude".
About Federations: "Those who serve in these federation positions will also have to put a full stop. There is a democratic president voted to mandatory only for two terms and federations presidents are the same for decades. I'm not saying they are all factors that have not offered. The legislative committee composed of high caliber lawyers who will make the new law. Regarding UEFA, we requested the partnership of a lawyer knowing all the international issues. The knowledge and experience of the UEFA have to do with almost all sports and that's why we went there".
About the clubs and their presidents: "Sometime they questioned the good intentions of the government. Some felt that we wanted to intervene in matters which we didn't intend to. We did not want to intervene in the self rule, but not autonomous status that had been delivered by law. Autonomy brings lawlessness and this situation was consolidated in recent years and brought the question of the product by the majority of fans. I think apart from the Greek Football Federation factors that continue to encroach law, the managements of the clubs have understood that we do not want to be unfair to anyone. The way they behave in professional sports for their own benefit is the root of evil. Order must be put".