Marinakis vents anger in furious outburst
Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis vented his fury towards the players at the club’s Renti training centre, expressing his frustration with recent results.
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Following Saturday’s disappointing 1:1 draw with Levadiakos, the Thrylos now occupy third place of the Super League table and trail leaders AEK Athens by a large nine points. Barring a miracle, Olympiacos will miss out on the Greek title for the first time in eight years, something which has naturally angered Marinakis. On Monday, the Olympiacos owner visited the players at the Renti training centre, stating his disgust with the team’s attitude in 2018.
“Even though you have been so bad this year, you could still have won the championship, but you lost it when not protesting the foul for AEK’s winning goal in Piraeus and Panathinaikos’ ghost penalty,” raged Marinakis. “You didn’t even complain! You will be fined 200,000 euros for the game against Panathinaikos, and a further 200 thousand for the match with Levadiakos. All of this money will go towards Olympiacos’ academy teams, because they love this club and the fans much more than you do.
From now on, we will continue playing only with our U20 players and some of you. Only those who love the club will play for Olympiacos, we want to immediately rebuild for next season. The players from the academy definitely want it more and they will play the remaining matches.
You have it all, but you have no respect. You only care about your houses and cars, not the club. When I come back next time, I only want to see the honest guys here, those who love and respect Olympiacos.”
In his furious rant, Marinakis pointed out that the players have to take full responsibility for Olympiacos’ failures: “This season, you’ve had three coaches. However, it turns out that you are to blame, not the managers.”
After Marinakis’ angry speech to the team, these following players were told they will continue playing with Olympiacos until the end of the season: Silvio Proto, Dimitris Sakfidas, Lefteris Choutesiotis, Dimitris Nikolaou, Leonardo Koutris, Thanasis Androutsos, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Pape Abou Cisse, Nikos Vergos, Ehsan Hajsafi, Karim Ansarifard, Omar Elabdellaoui, Alaixys Romao, Guillaume Gillet, Kevin Mirallas and Andre Martins. They are expected to be joined by players from the U20 team.
Seba and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe have practically been told to pack their bags and leave Olympiacos. The Olympiacos futures of Marko Marin, Bjorn Engels, Uros Djurdjevic, Felipe Pardo, Alberto Botia and Konstantinos Fortounis also appears bleak and it’s highly unlikely they will stay in Piraeus for next season.