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Olympiacos & Nottingham Forest owner denies drug trafficking allegations

8:11 PM GMT+4 24/03/2018
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Vangelis Marinakis has issued a statement denying any wrongdoing as he faces allegations from media in his native Greece

Since publication of this article, we have been contacted by representatives for Mr. Marinakis who have said that the reference to him facing charges for drug-trafficking was incorrect and this reference has been removed. We were also asked to make clear that, having conducted a preliminary investigation into allegations of drug trafficking in a heroin smuggling case the Greek prosecutor has referred those allegations to an investigating judge. The judge then reports back to the public prosecutor, who makes recommendations to the Judicial Council, which decides whether to refer the case for trial or acquit.

Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Vangelis Marinakis has declared his innocence after being hit with drug trafficking allegations in Greece.

According to reports in his homeland, the shipping magnate has been alleged to have links to drug trafficking and financing an illegal operation following a lengthy investigation into an intercepted tanker in 2014.

However, through a statement released on Olympiacos' official website, Marinakis has denied any wrongdoing and believes there is an "ordered service" against him.

"I have never had anything to do with the acts for which an investigative inquiry is to be conducted, the result of which I am absolutely certain to be the confirmation of my innocence," the statement read.

"There is not the least evidence to me and the action against me is arbitrary."

Marinakis completed the purchase of Forest from previous owner Fawaz al-Hasawi in May 2017, taking over the club after they had preserved their Championship status on the final day of the season.