Greek football has been drawn into a corruption scandal after the car of a judge in charge of a case involving officials from the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) was smashed with a metal bar.
Three HFF members, Panagiotis Dimitriou, Stergios Antoniou and Klearchos Tzaferis, have been accused of breaking statues after waiving licensing regulations for 10 clubs in SuperLeague 2, the second tier of football in Greece.
A decision has not yet been made on the punishment the men will receive if found guilty, although they have already been removed from their positions. However, the Ethics Committee is prepared to judge more. The HFF has flatly denied any involvement.
But in a disturbing twist, the judge handling the case has seen his car wrecked outside his home. According to reports, the incident took place “only a few hours” after he was selected.
It is also believed that he resigned almost immediately.
In response to the damage, Deputy Sports Minister Lefteris Avgenakis said bullying is “the last straw.”
Greek football has been drawn into a corruption scandal after a judge overseeing a case involving football federation officials saw the windshield of his car smashed by anonymous culprits.
His statement said that the Greek government, in cooperation with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and former FIFA Vice President Greg Clarke, envisioned a new “transparent” era for sport in the country.
However, he added: “Instead, the Harmonized Study and the modernized Statute are ignored for months, the resignations of healthy footballers follow one another, the competent courts reject scandalous administrative decisions and the devaluation intensifies with a geometric progression.”
‘The Greek police and judiciary will play their full role in the face of the phenomenon of anarchy and terrorism.
But it is also a moment of responsibility for the football authorities above: It is time for FIFA and UEFA to defend the Holistic Study, guarantee and implement the obvious to overcome anomaly situations. With the State as an ally that will not be left out ”.
Deputy Sports Minister Lefteris Avgenakis said the Greek government was seeking a new ‘transparent’ era, in cooperation with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin (pictured)
in a statement on your website, the HFF has vehemently denied any involvement in the attack and has condemned it.
“The Hellenic Football Federation expresses its disapproval and disgust at the alleged attack on the vehicle of a member of the Athens Administrative Court of Appeal and the Football Arbitration Court of the Hellenic Football Federation,” it read.
In view of the completion of the ongoing police investigation, the Hellenic Football Federation also expresses its surprise at the attempt by specific media to link this attack with cases that need to be examined at the BTI and with Greek football as a whole.
“We shamefully condemn the methods of the mafia against judicial officials, but also the artificial attempt to involve football in parastatal methods.
A media report in Greece has alleged that football there is governed by limitless people
“The Police will shed light on all aspects of the case after the ongoing investigation, therefore those who invest in communication in the destabilization of Greek football institutions through these events must wait because they will be exposed again.”
A scathing media report In Greece, he has argued that football there “is governed by people who have no limits.” He goes on to say: ‘The laws do not exist, the Statute is constantly being violated, also the HFF (EPO) Regulations.’
‘In the last 8 months, it has been proven beyond any doubt that the current HFF (EPO) Administration has no doubts when it comes to violating the HFF (EPO) Statute and Regulations and abusing its power, with the in order to serve specific interests. of those who truly and illegally govern Greek football, “the report added.
Previously, Angelos Charisteas, winner of Euro 2004 with Greece, has opened to Soccer365 in his belief that “some big clubs try to control everything.”
Angelos Charisteas, Euro 2004 winner with Greece, says ‘the big clubs try to control everything’
“Some big clubs try to control everything, and that’s why we don’t focus on creating good teams and developing players, young players, etc.,” he said.
We are, you know, thinking more about how to control the referees, how to control everything related to football. [off the pitch].
“Some clubs decide who will be the president and also the people around him, and the other clubs are there just to see the movie.”
“I think UEFA should push and put its own people and rules on Greek football, otherwise we will never change, we will never improve the level of Greek football,” Charisteas added, calling on the authorities to intervene.