Koutroulis free to visit Greece

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Fiery former Mamelodi Sundowns team manager Peter Koutroulis is free to travel to his native country, Greece, to be with his sick mother after his bail conditions were eased in the Polokwane magistrates' court in Limpopo yesterday.

Koutroulis, Zambian coach Jacob "Cellular" Sakala, referee Solomon Molamudi and Gezani Shuma appeared in court yesterday on charges of corruption. Their case was postponed to August 17.

Koutroulis, who is chief executive of the controversial national first division side City Pillars, is also no longer required to report to the Bedfordview police station in Johannesburg every Tuesday.

His lawyer Kenny Oldwadge, who also represents Sakala, argued that Koutroulis's mother had just undergone emergency surgery.

Koutroulis, Sakala and Molamudi were arrested shortly after Pillars had pipped OR Tambo Cosmos 1-0 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on March 11 and Shuma was nabbed a few days later.

The trio were arrested at a leading hotel in Polokwane after allegedly giving the referee R1000 to throw the game.

Koutroulis and Sakala are out on R50000 and R20000 bail respectively, and Molamudi was granted R5000 bail. The trio's bail was extended.

Shuma is out on a warning.