Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis cleared of match-fixing charges in Greece
26 March 2018
Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has been cleared of match-fixing charges in his home country of Greece.
The businessman, who also owns Greek club Olympiacos, had already been cleared of four criminal charges in November, but was one of 28 individuals to still face a charge of match-fixing as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged corruption in Greek football.
However, on Monday afternoon the Greek Supreme Court dismissed those charges.
“The Supreme Court is placing a gravestone on the prosecution for acts over which Marinakis had been acquitted by the Appellate Court Council, which thus become irrevocable, and thus absolutely vindicate Marinakis,” his legal representative Vasilis Dimakopoulos is quoted as saying in the Greek media.
Marinakis had previously seen charges of extortion, fraud, arson and participating in a criminal investigation dropped.
On Saturday, the Reds chief released a statement protesting his innocence after reports in the Greek media claimed Marinakis and three others had been involved in drug trafficking and the formation of a criminal organisation for that purpose.