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"British sports hacks report that Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis, the owner of Piraeus-based team Olympiakos FC, is about to buy 80 percent of Nottingham Forest", the magazine states.

"E I Addio and his chums have been excitedly noting Marinakis’ impressive record, with Olympiakos crowned champions for six consecutive years and winning this year’s title by a record 28-point margin. What they seem to have missed, however, is that he is also currently banned from any “football activity” in Greece, leaving him the owner of an asset over whose running he has no say.

The ban is one of the bail conditions imposed when Marinakis was arrested last year, after a 173-page report by the public prosecutor alleged that he was “directing a criminal organisation” with the aim of achieving “absolute control of Greek football’s fate by the methods of blackmailing and fraud”. It also accused him of trying to change the outcome of a game by bribery, and arranging an explosion.

Match-fixing acquittal:

While criminal intelligence officers carried out further investigations, the Olympiakos owner was released on bail of €200,000 with an obligation to report to his local police station every fortnight. The football ban and other bail conditions were renewed in March. The prosecutor is expected to issue an “initial verdict” in the next few weeks before the case proceeds to trial. Marinakis denies any wrongdoing.

This is only the latest legal kerfuffle in which he has been involved in recent years. In a previous trial Marinakis was accused – and acquitted – of match-fixing and entering a referee’s locker room at half-time to threaten him. That case could soon be reopened after the discovery that one of the three judges who acquitted him is now himself being investigated over his dealings with Emilios Kotsonis, a close Marinakis associate and former fellow director at Olympiakos FC.

While the British press

"Beware this Greek bearing gifts"

The biggest magazine in Great Britain, Private Eye, warns the football fans about Vangelis Marinakis' possible involvement in Nottingham Forest administration, mentioning the criminal organization, the Koriopolis case, the Cup final against Asteras Tripolis and Noor 1.

"British sports hacks report that Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis, the owner of Piraeus-based team Olympiakos FC, is about to buy 80 percent of Nottingham Forest", the magazine states.

"E I Addio and his chums have been excitedly noting Marinakis’ impressive record, with Olympiakos crowned champions for six consecutive years and winning this year’s title by a record 28-point margin. What they seem to have missed, however, is that he is also currently banned from any “football activity” in Greece, leaving him the owner of an asset over whose running he has no say.

The ban is one of the bail conditions imposed when Marinakis was arrested last year, after a 173-page report by the public prosecutor alleged that he was “directing a criminal organisation” with the aim of achieving “absolute control of Greek football’s fate by the methods of blackmailing and fraud”. It also accused him of trying to change the outcome of a game by bribery, and arranging an explosion.

Match-fixing acquittal:

While criminal intelligence officers carried out further investigations, the Olympiakos owner was released on bail of €200,000 with an obligation to report to his local police station every fortnight. The football ban and other bail conditions were renewed in March. The prosecutor is expected to issue an “initial verdict” in the next few weeks before the case proceeds to trial. Marinakis denies any wrongdoing.

This is only the latest legal kerfuffle in which he has been involved in recent years. In a previous trial Marinakis was accused – and acquitted – of match-fixing and entering a referee’s locker room at half-time to threaten him. That case could soon be reopened after the discovery that one of the three judges who acquitted him is now himself being investigated over his dealings with Emilios Kotsonis, a close Marinakis associate and former fellow director at Olympiakos FC.

While the British press focuses on his interest in Nottingham Forest, at home Marinakis is in the public eye because of another major case – one in which the selfsame Kotsonis is accused of attempting to smuggle 2.1 tons of heroin into Greece aboard a boat named Noor 1. The boat was intercepted on its way from Dubai in June 2014 but various legal obstacles delayed the trial until this year. (At one hearing the defence insisted on an adjournment because the courtroom was “too small”.) In the meantime, through extraordinary bad luck, several witnesses and alleged accomplices have been murdered or died of natural causes before they could testify.

Tiresome distractions:

In a transcript of a phone conversation intercepted by Greek intelligence that was later published by the prosecutor, a Syrian national called Ahmed appears to be saying to Kotsonis: “Mr Souleiman wants to invest money and to meet Mr Marinakis.” The transcripts also reveal that an as yet unnamed “chairman of a major Greek football club” travelled to Dubai in 2013 to meet Kotsonis and others in order to finalise the details of Noor 1’s itinerary in the hotel Burj Al Arab.

While no formal link has been made to Marinakis himself, these tiresome distractions may explain why he is looking to extend his horizons beyond the Greek football world. Such an excellent businessman would surely find the illustrious world of English football far more congenial".

Strangely, although no involvement of Vangelis Marinakis in the Noor 1 case has been proven, the British magazine mentions the relationship and conversations with Aimilios Kotsonis. SDNA does not accept what the magazine says and because of the seriousness of the case, it does not reproduce the particular part"

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