Hidden cameras and microphones with direct audio and video monitoring. Greece football federation ‘spied on players and staff for years using hidden cameras and listening devices’. A committee appointed by FIFA accused the Greek Football Federation EPO of monitoring employees, players and coaches in what it calls a heavy blow to Greek soccer.
Greece’s football federation spied on the national side’s players and staff for years using hidden cameras and listening devices, a committee claimed.
The Fifa-appointed committee has carried out an investigation into the crisis-hit body (EPO) that runs football in the country.
And their damning words accuse the federation of secretly monitoring players, coaches and employees in what it called a “heavy blow” to Greek football.
A statement said: “The committee with anger, deep disappointment and with the feeling of shame makes public and hands over to judicial authorities new findings confirming the operation by EPO of mechanisms to monitor its employees at EPO headquarters as well as international players and national coaches at the training centre, which were placed for several years.”
Fifa appointed the committee to run the Greek federation and revise its regulations to bring them into line with Fifa standards late last year.
Approximately 40 days after the Committee reported of illegal spying at the offices of EPO in Goudi, new findings report of spying deices also at the training center of the national team in Agios Kosmas facilities.
In Goudi, hidden cameras and microphones were found in the office of the president as well as in staff areas and the offices of Central arbitration Committee.
In its statement on April 10th, the current Greek Football Federation administration published the two finding reports said it will “seek the path of justice as it is a matter of honor and in the best interest of each party involved in the Greek Football, whether professional or amateur teams, union and associations.”
“The shame burdens everyone who knew and did not denounce” these practices, the Greek Football Federation stressed in its statement.
Private investigators hired by the body revealed photos of cameras and phone-tapping equipment.
The committee brought in the investigators after allegations from EPO staff that they were being watched and recorded.
The main task of the committee is to revise the relevant regulations to bring them into line with FIFA standards and to organise fresh Greek soccer federation elections by May 31 at the latest.