Olympiacos Could Face Six Point Deduction
The Hellenic Football Federation’s (EPO) Disciplinary Committee has officially called Olympiacos to a hearing regarding the widespread episodes that took place after the match against AEK in the Greek Cup semi-finals. If found guilty for the accusations, Olympiacos could face a SIX point deduction to be served in this year’s Superleague standings.
EPO’s Disciplinary Committee has appealed against Olympiacos under Article 29, concerning violence against officials, for the episodes against AEK in the Greek Cup semi-finals. The match observer stated in his official match report that during half time, the assistant observer was verbally attacked by members of Olympiacos and was pushed away during the incident. In addition, after the conclusion of the game the referees were also verbally attacked and needed a police escort to the locker rooms..
However, the report states only a few things of what actually happened and because of this, the observer has also been called to a hearing from EPO’s Disciplinary Committee.
Olympiacos’ hearing and accusations are of great significance, because if found guilty they could be deducted six points from this year’s Superleague standings. This would turn the tables in the title race and put PAOK top of the table with 55 points (hold the head-to-head advantage over Olympiacos).
As a result, PAOK have requested to be present at Olympiacos’ hearing which will start on Thursday at 4:00 PM local time. PAOK officials claim that they made their request within the time limit, so as a team with legal interest from the outcome of the accusations, they have every legal right to be present.
Sources mention that PAOK will ask to increase the number of witnesses for the case. However, sources from Olympiacos state that the club is not worried about the 6 point deduction as episodes of greater extent and significance have taken place in the past without this penalty being enforced.
Along with the possible deduction, Olympiacos could be handed a six-digit financial fine and a two match penalty without home fans. Relegation is also stated in the law, however this is reserved only for extreme cases.