The trial of the so-called ‘Koriopolis’ match-fixing scandal, which began before an Athens criminal appeals court on Monday, was postponed until November 7 due to lack of space in the courtroom after the names of some 84 defendants were called out. The courtroom was judged insufficient to fit all of the accused, along with their respective counsels and some 65 witnesses.
The case concerns allegations that at least 40 matches in the Greek championship had been fixed between 2008 and 2011. The charges in the case include illegal gambling, fraud, extortion, bribery and money laundering, as well as forming a criminal organisation. A central figure in the alleged scandal is former club owner and Volos Mayor Achilleas Beos.
Among the accused are several club officials and shareholders, including Super League President Constantinos Chrysohoidis, players and refereees. Super League Chairman and Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis had also been among those accused but was later acquitted and is now a witness.