Super League set to resume around Easter time
The Super League only has five rounds remaining in the 2017/2018 campaign, but there is still confusion surrounding the championship’s restart.
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Following last Sunday’s debacle during the PAOK - AEK clash at the Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki, the Greek Deputy Culture and Sports Minister George Vassiliadis declared that no Super League matches will take place until the matter is completely cleared up. The trial began on Friday, but a decision concerning punishments for the parties involved is only expected late next week. Nevertheless, with UEFA and FIFA pushing for the right penalties to be dished out and the Super League to resume, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) are eager for matches to begin sooner rather than later.
It was originally planned that the Super League will restart on March 31, a week after the international break when the Greek national team play Switzerland and Egypt in friendly matches. However, when speaking to broadcasting company ERT, Deputy Culture and Sports Minister Vassiliadis revealed that he expects matches to begin after the Easter celebrations which will happen in the first days of April.
In order for matches to start being played, there are three major conditions which have to be agreed upon. Firstly, Super League clubs must commit to changing the disciplinary code. Secondly, if a certain club gets involved in two major incidents, it will lose its Super League licence and be relegated. Vassiliadis did mention that isolated episodes similar to the Panathinaikos - PAOK (2017) and PAOK - Olympiacos (2018) matches, where the visiting head coach was struck by an item thrown from the crowd, won’t be punished with relegation.
Lastly, the third condition is to ensure safety inside stadiums without such a large police presence. If all Super League teams can promise to abide by these new conditions and provide a written commitment, then the championship can get going again. As to not throw the EPO out from their organisations, UEFA and FIFA have to see that the Greeks have taken the required actions.