SuperLeague set to start this weekend, Licensing punishments remain unchanged
The Super League’s Board of Directors held a vital meeting on Monday, with all clubs jointly agreeing to abide by Greek Deputy Culture and Sports Minister George Vassiliadis’ four conditions for the championship to continue.
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Initially, Olympiacos, AEL, Xanthi and Panathinaikos rejected Vassiliadis’ proposals, but it’s now been reported that all Super League clubs are in agreement and it’s expected that the season will resume with the 26th round starting on March 31. When agreeing to Vassiliadis’ conditions, teams requested a meeting with the deputy sports minister to discuss his framework in more detail. After that, Vassiliadis will probably give the green light for the Super League to restart. The postponed match between PAS Giannina and Apollon Smyrnis is now scheduled for April 4.
However, there is a sticking point. AEK Athens had made a suggestion to the Board of Directors to abolish the relegation punishment for clubs which cannot obtain a Super League licence because of their financial difficulties, but in order to pass AEK’s proposal, 12 of the 16 teams had to vote in agreement. Unfortunately for them, only seven voted in favour of the idea: AEK, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEL, Atromitos, Lamia and Panionios.
This has come as terrible news for struggling Athenian giants Panathinaikos. Required to gather all necessary documents for obtaining a Super League licence before March ends, the Greens still find themselves with plenty of outstanding debt and no funds to cover it. If Panathinaikos are relegated to the Football League, the league would suffer massively in terms of television rights and sponsorships, something which everyone is keen to avoid. Panathinaikos’ fate will become clear at the end of the week.