EPO handed six conditions to remain a member of FIFA and UEFA
Attempting to wipe out the possibility of Grexit occuring, FIFA have sent the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) six conditions which have to be implemented over the course of the coming months.
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Ever since PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis interrupted a Super League match between PAOK and AEK by making a pitch invasion with a gun, the future of Greek football has hung in the air, with FIFA representative Herbert Hubel issuing an official recommendation for the immediate removal of the EPO from the world’s footballing governing bodies. Nevertheless, after the Greek Cup final attended by FIFA and UEFA was deemed successful, hope has arisen that the EPO will be forgiven.
Underfire EPO president Evangelos Grammenos was sent a list of six conditions which have to be implemented for Greece to remain a member of FIFA and UEFA. If the EPO comply, then there is a very high possibility that Grexit will be avoided.
Here are the six conditions set out by FIFA:
- A new strategic plan will be drawn up in order to improve the internal structure of the EPO. Before ideas are drawn up, FIFA and UEFA will choose an independent expert who will oversee the process while spending 12 months in Greece. The expert, alongside the EPO, must present the plan to FIFA and its implementation project on July 15, 2018.
- A third foreigner will be added to the EPO’s Refereeing Department. The new member will be responsible for taking decisions on appointing referees for Super League and Greek Cup matches. He will be nominated by June 30. Also, all referee changes for the 2018/2019 season need be made before the championship begins and they must receive all money which they are entitled to for the previous campaign. Foreign referees can be appointed for games when the EPO see suit.
- The EPO Disciplinary Committee must make decisions no more than five working days after the specific incident occurred, and the Appeals Committee have to release their verdict within seven working days. After the Appeals Committee stage, all further appeals must be made to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
- A new legal framework for how matches are run in Greece, shaped in cooperation with FIFA, must be put together by the end of the 2018/2019 season.
- Following the repeat scandals witnessed in the Super League, the EPO and experts from FIFA and UEFA will develop a system to ensure public safety at football matches. The framework should be adopted and put into use by December 28, 2018.
- With the aim of making the EPO a transparent organisation, a new internal communication policy has to be installed. It must be presented by June 29, 2018.