OFFICIAL: Iraklis to Football League, Levadiakos remain in Superleague
On Monday, the Hellenic Football Federation Arbitration Court denied Iraklis’ appeal officially relegating the club from Thessaloniki to the Football League. Aris’ appeal was also denied, meaning Levadiakos will be the 16th team in next year’s Superleague.
Iraklis were initially relegated for failing to obtain a license to compete in next year’s Superleague, due to their insufficient licensing folder and financial situation. The club from Thessaloniki appealed the decision taking the case to the Hellenic Football Federation’s Arbitration Court. However, today the court voted unanimously (5-0) to deny Iraklis’ appeal, officially sending the Giraos to the second division. A reminder that Iraklis were “saved” on the pitch, finishing in 12th place in last year’s Superleague, however off the pitch issues will see them compete in next year’s Football League.
Aris also lodged an appeal to take Iraklis’ place in the Superleague, seeing that Levadiakos were relegated due to their 15th placed finish in last year’s Superleague standings. However, the Arbitration Court also denied their appeal with a 4-1 vote, officially keeping them in next year's Football League. A reminder that Aris finished third in last year’s Football league behind Apollon Smyrnis and Lamia, missing out on promotion and a place in the Greek top flight.
The decision from both Iraklis and Aris’ cases means that Levadiakos will be the 16th team in next year’s Superleague, despite their 15th place finish in last year’s standings. For yet another season, the team from Livadeia are awarded a lifeline and will avoid the drop, enjoying football in the Greek first division.
With both Iraklis and Aris in the Football League, that leaves Greece’s second biggest city, Thessaloniki, with only one representative in the Greek Superlegaue, PAOK.