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Football clubs and financial crimes in Greece

Manoli, Argyro Elisavet, Antonopoulos, Georgios A and Levi, Michael 2016. Football clubs and financial crimes in Greece. Journal of Financial Crime 23 (3) , pp. 559-573. 10.1108/JFC-06-2015-0030

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of the current article is to provide an account of the financial crimes that are commit-ted within the football clubs in Greece. Design/methodology/approach - First, ethnographic research with two football clubs in Greece was con-ducted. Additional information on the issues at stake was obtained through interviews with informed actors from the realm of Greek football. Moreover, the telephone conversations that were available as the result of wiretapping by the Greek National Intelligence Agency, in relation to the latest football match-fixing scandal (2011) were used. Finally, published media sources were used. These provided information not only on the process behind financial crimes within football clubs but also on the key actors involved. Findings - A number of financial (and finance-related) crimes committed within football clubs were identified in the study. These include: ticket "tricks", fake tax certificates, crimes related to the players' salary pay-ments, owing money, money laundering and match-fixing. Issues around financial crimes within football clubs must be located within the overall football-related context in the country, which is, of course, an exten-sion of the general financial, entrepreneurial and political landscape in the country. Originality/value - This is the first article on football clubs and financial crimes in Greece. Although this is a case study from Greece, it constitutes a potential template for research on an international level. By using the case of football and football clubs in Greece, this article adds to understandings of the complexity of the broader motivational context of financial crime.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corruption, Financial crime, Match-fixing
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1359-0790
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 October 2016
Date of Acceptance: 10 April 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 10:38
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/95726

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