Greek Authorities Raid EPO Headquarters As Part Of Financial Investigation
The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) "looks to be in serious trouble as more than 40 state officials, including prosecutors and financial crime investigators, raided the EPO headquarters unannounced on Monday in search of evidence of financial irregularities," according to Panos Bletsos of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The governing body of the national game "faces a number of accusations," including the falsification of insurance and tax clearance certificates in 22 different cases, the embezzlement of €28M ($39M) supposed to be invested in player insurance policies, the forgery of several player transfer documents between '03 and '11, "as well as allegations of fixing the charts of Super League officials and vote rigging in local football union elections in Drama, Corinth and Rhodes." EPO "has yet to comment on the matter officially." Off the record, EPO President Yorgos Sarris appears "not worried," but has allegedly informed UEFA President Michel Platini on "yet another government intervention in national association matters" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 11/6).