Greek first division clubs Volos and Kavala have been thrown out of all professional leagues over ties with their chairmen, who have been banned for life from football following a match-fixing scandal.

The sports ministry's Commission for Professional Sport said Tuesday it would not issue the two provincial teams the necessary permit to play in Greece's three professional leagues.

A commission announcement said there had been no ''substantial change'' in the ownership of Volos and Kavala, whose chairmen have been charged with match-fixing and money laundering.

Tuesday's decision came after the two clubs won an appeal against their relegation earlier this month by the Greek Football Association.