Lengthy Suspensions for Berg, Warda, and Shakhov
The fight that broke out between the players of Panathinaikos and PAOK in last week’s derby at the Leoforos resulted in heavy penalties for the players involved. The Superleague’s Disciplinary Committee harshly punished Berg, Shakhov, Warda, Coulibaly, and Crespo despite the clubs’ appeals.
The initial penalties included a four match suspension for the captain of Panathinaikos, Marcus Berg and a three match suspension for Panathinaikos’ Ousmane Coulibaly. On PAOK’s end, Jose Angel Crespo, Amr Warda, and Yevhen Shakhov were each punished with a three match suspension. As expected, Panathinaikos goalkeeper, Odisseas Vlachodimos was given a one match suspension due to his straight red card in the match.
Although both teams lodged appeals in order to reduce the sentences of Berg, Shakhov, and Crespo, EPO’s Appeal Committee only reduced Crespo’s suspension to one match, which was served on Sunday against Panionios. This means that Panathinaikos’ top scorer Marcus Berg will miss the remaining playoff matches. As for Coulibaly, Warda, and Shakhov, they will be eligible to play only in the final playoff fixture when the two teams meet at the Toumba stadium.
Following the final decision of Berg’s case, the Swede stated in his interview for Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, that Panathinaikos are used to this kind of treatment. Moreover, he left some doubts for his future as teams seem to have shown interest in him, despite stating that he is happy at Panathinaikos.