Greek soccer chief charged with forgery

Updated: April 6, 2006, 8:19 AM ET
Reuters

ATHENS, April 6 - A state prosecutor has charged the president of the Greek soccer federation (EPO) Vassilis Gagatsis with forgery and breach of faith over building contracts.

Four other members of EPO, general secretary Yiannis Economidis, deputy president Vassilis Hadziapostolou, adviser Aristidis Stathopoulos and treasurer Giorgos Girtzikis, are facing the same charges.

The charges relate to alleged improprieties from 1998 to 2002 in the construction of training centres in the northern Greek cities of Florina and Xanthi as well as Agios Cosmas in southern Athens.

EPO issued a statement on Thursday denying the charges.

"The charges that have been made will certainly not stand up in court," it said.

No date has been set for a court hearing.

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