Acharnaikos deducted 27 points, Club likely to withdraw from Football League
The Hellenic Football Federation’s Arbitration Court have deducted Acharnaikos 27 points for debts owed to former players. The club is in a financial crises and will likely withdraw from the league.
Acharnaikos’ hopes of staying in the Greek Football League took a major blow on Friday after the Hellenic Football Federation's Arbitration Court handed the club a 27-point deduction (implemented this season) for debts owed to former players including Moustakis, Christofileas, Psianou, Mastoukas, Liapakis, Maris, Tzioras, Papanikolas, and Tzaziri. EPO’s decision is final and cannot be reversed, meaning the club will not be eligible to lodge an appeal. In addition, the club have been given a 5-day deadline to pay off these debts or another 27-point deduction will be enforced.
Before the decision, sources mentioned that Acharnaikos were looking to withdraw from the league due to the financial crisis surrounding the club while being the only team in the second division that were not granted a license to compete by the licensing committee (due to their financial state). The recent developments and point deductions will likely see the Menidi club officially withdraw from the Football League in the coming days/weeks and the league will continue with 17 teams for yet another season (Panthrakikos withdrew last season early on).
Although Acharnaikos kicked off their Football League season with a 1-0 win over Apollon Larissas, the club’s future will surely be in Greece’s third and possibly local divisions.