- Zakynthos Relegated to Gamma Ethniki, Panelefsiniakos Saved -
Yesterday, the Commission denied Apollon Smyrnis’ appeal for their 6 point deduction from their match against Panelefsiniakos in the Football League. This means Apollon Smyrnis officially finishes in 4th place in this year’s Football League and Panelefsiniakos avoids relegation, sending Zakynthos to the 3rd Division.
Apollon Smyrnis used 6 foreign players in their Football League match against Panelefsiniakos, resulting in a direct violation of the League’s rules. Despite winning the game 1-0, Apollon was later handed a 3-0 forfeit loss and was deducted an additional 3 points for their violation. Apollon’s mistake proved to be extremely beneficial for Panelefsiniakos and the team from Elefsina were granted all three points from the match. Apollon appealed the decision and Panelefsiniakos awaited the final ruling as it impacted the final relegation position. Panelefsiniakos finished two points behind 14th placed Zakynthos, who held the final “safety” spot in the Football League. With the Commission denying Apollon’s appeal, Panelefsiniakos was granted all 3 points and jumped ahead of Zakynthos in the standings. Panelefsiniakos finishes in 14th place and are saved from relegation while Zakynthos is officially sent to the 3rd division.