Greek Soccer Officials to Stand Trial for Match-Fixing

FILE - Vangelis Marinakis the chairman of Greek champion Olympiakos, center. (In Time Sports via AP)

ATHENS (AP) — The chairman of Greek soccer club Olympiakos and 27 other businessmen and former sporting officials will stand trial on match-fixing charges.

A panel of judges ordered Olympiakos chairman Vangelis Marinakis to stand trial. No date was set, and the conditions for his bail were extended. Marinakis, a shipowner, has denied the charges.

The other defendants — all charged with similar offenses — include shareholders and former and current officials in several Greek clubs as well as former referees and Greek soccer association officials.

Greek champion Olympiakos is playing the group stage of the Champions League and last week held Barcelona to a 0-0 draw in Piraeus.