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BRISBANE A-League defender Avraam Papadopoulos has been handed a suspended two- and-a-half year jail sentence by a Greek court for illegally betting on matches.

Agence France-Presse reports Papadopoulos was one of 58 people punished by the three-member Court of Appeal in Athens for their roles in the ‘Koriopolis’ match-fixing scandal in 2011.

The 33-year-old spent seven seasons with Greek Super League club Olympiacos, at times serving as captain, and signed an A-League deal last year with the Roar.

Avraam Papadopoulos of the Roar and Besart Berisha of the Victory
Avraam Papadopoulos of the Roar and Besart Berisha of the VictorySource: Getty Images
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The Roar were aware of his implication in the scandal when they recruited him, but coach John Aloisi said it was “not a concern” after conducting his own inquiries into Papadopoulos’ character.

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