Match-fixing scandal: Olympiacos set to be relegated to the second tier and chief faces lifetime ban

Olympiacos Piraeus are reportedly facing relegation to the second tier following match-fixing allegations with February 2015 league game: Olympiacos-Atromitos.

They are on the precipice of free-falling down the divisions to the second tier after investigations into a February 2015 fixture against Atromitos were re-opened.

If the club is found guilty, the it could be hit with a personal fine exceeding two-and-a-half million and a lifetime ban from football.

The club  currently doig fne  after a 1-1 scoreline against Wolves after beating Arsenal  in the Europa League, scoring a late goal in a 2-1 victory at the Emirates to progress on away goals.

15 individuals and the two clubs were accused according to the provisions of Article 27 of the Code of Conduct of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) of ‘fixing the result of a match for betting purposes’.

Among the accused were Marinakis, Giorgos Spanos (who owns Atromitos), former EPO president Giorgos Sarris and vice-president Aristidis Stathopoulos, three more former EPO officials, six former referees and refereeing officials, the Atromitos technical director Yiannis Angelopoulos and former Atromitos manager Ricardo Sa Pinto.

Olympiacos won the match in question 2-1 against Atromitos, and later won the title at the end of the season, while Atromitos secured qualification to the SuperLeague Greece play-offs.

As the investigations go on, Olympiacos’ position in European football remains very much up in the air.