The wanted Makis Psomiadis, pending trials for football match fixing and tax fraud, was captured in Skopje. A European arrest warrant has been issued for the 55-year-old Greek, who is believed to have participated in a criminal organization associated with fraud, bribery, extortion, and match fixing.
According to information provided by the police, the fugitive has been found in Greece’s neighbouring country. He had shaved his moustache so as not to be recognized but obviously, it didn’t work. At the time of the arrest, Psomiadis was drinking coffee in the central part of Skopje and wearing jeans and a brown leather jacket. When police officers approached him to arrest him, he did not resist.
This is the second arrest of Makis Psomiadis in the last six months. The first time the Greek police captured him on a charge of match fixing, but then the court had temporarily set him free. As a result, the former president of Kavala football club had disappeared again. He insists that the allegations of match fixing are serious and unfair slanders against him and he refuses to plead guilty. Psomiadis defends himself by arguing that there is no way to manipulate football matches and therefore, it is not possible to know the outcome. Therefore, all suspicious betting associated with his name is unfounded.
The whole story about Psomiadis started to unravel when records of several telephone calls were revealed, from which it could be heard how football masters were fixing the goals of which players would determine the results of some upcoming matches. The football boss disputed the authenticity of these records, but police data prove something different.