Iraklis Set to be Relegated over Pourtoulidis affair
Iraklis’ great escape act to avoid relegation looks to have gone to waste after the SuperLeague’s general assembly on Wednesday voted to punish the Thessaloniki club with a three-point deduction over delayed payments to former captain Nikos Pourtoulidis.
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The decision was announced by a 9-2 vote in favour of the punishment at the meeting between Greece’s elite clubs at the SuperLeague HQ in Athens.
If as expected the decision is officialized in the coming days, then Levadiakos will be reinstated to the SuperLeague on a better head-to-head record versus Iraklis as both sides will have finished last season with 26 points.
Pourtoulidis, who went for eight months without being paid during the 2015/16 season, was recently paid in full, all the wages owed to him, but Levadiakos appealed to the SuperLeague since Iraklis had missed the official deadline by which the player should have received his payment.
Iraklis’ prospects of playing in next season’s SuperLeague were already under a cloud in any case after the club were not granted a provisional license to compete in next year’s top flight by the Hellenic Football Federation’s (EPO) Licensing Committee last month for not meeting the necessary conditions.
The Gireos still have the right to lodge an appeal against that decision, which will be taken to a second level court, where a final decision will be made.