The League’s disciplinary committee handed out fines of Eur300,000 to both clubs while senior officials have also been punished. Volos president Achilleas Beos, who is in prison pending trial for his alleged involvement in match-fixing, and former Kavala owner Makis Psomiadis, also identified by the Athens prosecutor in the investigation, received life bans from football and were fined Eur90,000 apiece.
Volos had finished fifth in the Super League last season, while Kavala ended sixth. Volos’ position was rewarded with qualification to the UEFA Europa League, but their participation is now in doubt. The relegation of the two clubs ensures Larissa and Panserraikos retain their top flight status, but Reuters has reported that both Volos and Kavala plan to appeal against their punishment.
The Greek match-fixing scandal took hold in June and more than 60 club officials, players and businessmen are currently being investigated while three club presidents have been imprisoned pending trial. UEFA president Michel Platini on Tuesday said he would send teams of experts to Greece in a bid to help authorities reform the country’s leagues.