Iraklis Fail to Acquire License, Relegation Imminent
Iraklis’ tremendous run to avoid relegation could go to waste after the Thessaloniki club were not granted a license to compete in next year’s Superleague.
On Tuesday, the Hellenic Football Federation’s (EPO) Licensing Committee did not grant a license to Iraklis to compete in next year’s Superleague with the team’s folder not meeting the necessary conditions.
As a result, relegation is imminent for Iraklis. However, The Gireos still have the right to lodge an appeal which will be taken to a second level court, where a final decision will be made.
If Iraklis are eventually relegated, Levadiakos, who finished in the final relegation spot (15th), will remain in the Superleague. Levadiakos had no problem obtaining a license and according to the club, they were granted a license in under five minutes.
Along with Iraklis, Veria were also not granted a license but the team from Imathia did not bother submitting an application and will play in next year’s Football League.
Licenses were granted to the remaining 14 teams in the Superleague including AEK, Asteras Tripolis, Larissa, Kerkyra, Xanthi, Platanias, Levadiakos, Atromitos, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Panetolikos, Panionios, PAOK, and PAS Giannina.