Olympiacos Avoid Point Deduction
Olympiacos avoided a point deduction for the incidents during their cup semifinal against AEK, after the court announced their decision on Tuesday. The Erythrolefki were hit with a heavy fine and a 4-game closed stadium ban.
The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) Disciplinary Committee decided on Tuesday to penalize the Erythrolefki with a fine of €150,000 and a 4 match closed stadium ban (will be served next season) for the incidents that took place in the Greek Cup semi-finals against AEK at the Karaiskakis stadium.
The penalties given to the Erythrolefki are considered the “lightest” consequences that could be be faced by a club found guilty for assaulting a referee. This accusation has the possibility to result in much heavier penalties according to the regulations.
However, sources from Olympiacos mentioned yesterday that even a one match ban without home fans would be an outrageous decision. With the court ruling a 4-match ban to be served next season, the Piraeus club will surely fight the final decision.
For now, since PAOK still have the right to lodge an appeal, the court’s decision officially gives Olympiacos the 2016/17 Greek SuperLeague Title. Sources mention that PAOK are expected to lodge an appeal, since the Dikefalos tou Vora feel that the consequences were extremely light, considering the circumstance and accusations in the case. Both Olympiacos and PAOK have the ability to lodge an appeal within 5 days.
It remains to be seen whether this year’s Superleague standings will be validated after the end of the regular season on Sunday. The Superleague will likely have to wait until the end of this case, taking into account the likelihood of PAOK’s appeal, before confirming the finals standings for this season.
A reminder that Olympiacos are amidst another case that could end in a point deduction, for the supposed assault on Platanias’ players during their Matchday 26 encounter in Piraeus.