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Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis charged with match-fixing offences in Greece

09 Novembre 2017

Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis has been told he will face trial in Greece over match-fixing charges.

The appeals judges' irrevocable order n. 2050/2017 accuses Marinakis of a crime concerning match-fixing (against an original proposal by a prosecutor for five crimes), as well as of a misdemeanor regarding the set-up of a gang to the effect of fixing soccer match results.

Marinakis was ordered to stand down as Olympiakos chairman by 23 November but the charges are unlikely to affect his freedom to continue his ownership and running of Forest.

Greek media reported Tuesday that Marinakis is among 28 people who are to be brought to trial for corruption in Greek football. The Football League's rules requiring owners and directors to be "fit and proper" people, which are under review, now bar a person who has been convicted of a criminal offence involving dishonesty.

The other defendants - all charged with similar offences - include shareholders and former and current officials in several Greek clubs as well as former referees and Greek football association officials.

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Marinakis was cleared of four charges - relating to being involved in a criminal organisation, fraud, extortion and arson. The Football League did closely scrutinise the proceedings against Marinakis before clearing him to take over Forest from the Kuwaiti businessman Fawaz al-Hasawi.

"I am certain that my innocence with regard to these remaining charges will be demonstrated by the judicial process that will ensue, fully exonerating me", he said.

Marinakis has been chairman of Olympiacos since 2010 and previously served as the president of Superleague Greece, the country's highest professional league.

Forest had not responded to the news, or a request for a comment, at the time of writing.

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis charged with match-fixing offences in Greece