Giannakopoulos reluctantly cancels EuroLeague referendum
Panathinaikos owner Dimitris Giannakopoulos has scrapped plans of a referendum on his side’s participation in the EuroLeague, but still holds a grudge…
Dimitris Giannakopoulos has decided that there will not be a referendum on Panathinaikos’ future in the competition, but the fiery owner of the Greek Champions expressed some reluctance in the decision.
Giannakopoulos indicated that “Euroleague needs Panathinaikos and that Panathinaikos should be part of the competition in which the biggest clubs of Europe play,” as he responded to statements made by EuroLeague CEO Jordi Bertomeu.
Giannakopoulos was handed a 12-month ban for inflammatory comments he made about Fenerbahce and the EuroLeague organization, a decision which the Panathinaikos owner appealed last week.
While the panel that oversees appeals has not yet adjudicated on Giannakopoulos’ appeal, Giannakopoulos went on to state that “if I am not vindicated, this season will be the last with me and Panathinaikos at the competition.”
Giannakopoulos ensured fans, however, that the club will do everything it can to win its seventh EuroLeague title this season, with the Trifylli looking to reach its first Final Four since the 2011/2012 campaign.