Greece Super League faced with match-fixing scandal as Olympiacos risk relegation
The most successful football team in the Greece topflight football history, Olympiacos might have a taste of Greek’s second tier football if they’re unable to find a way out of the latest match fixing scandal levelled up against them.
Olympiacos are one of the most historic clubs in the country but are now faced with the possibility of not playing in the Greece Super League after investigations about a match fixing scandal that reportedly happened in 2015 was revisited.
The match was between Olympiacos and Atromitos in February 2015.
It ended 2-1 in favour of Olympiacos, went on to win the league while their opponents on the day [Atromitos] qualified for the League playoffs.
indicted in the scandal are Evangelos Marinakis [owner of Olympiacos], Giorgos Spanos [Owner of Atromitos], several past and present club officials at Atromitos, three former EPO officials, six former referees and refereeing officials.
Both teams will pay huge penalties and could be relegated if found guilty.
Olympiacos chief Evangelos Marinakis who is also the owner of Nottingham Forest, a club in the second tier of English football, face the possibilitiy of having to pay a personal fine of £2.5million and a life ban from all football related activities.
It will have serious implications on his ownership of Nottingham Forest and might be forced to sell the club.
On the pitch this season, Olympiacos have been imperious, they’re unbeaten in 26 Greece Super League games, they also hold a 14-points lead over the second placed team.
They accrued 66 points and looked to be strolling towards another domestic title before the Greece Super League was suspended due to coronavirus.
They’ve been just as good on the continent too, they overturned a 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal as they won 2-1 at the Emirates to qualify for the next round of the Europa League but their dirty off-field play of the past may soon catch up with them in no time.