Which games the Big-4 will play in a closed stadium
The Superleagues’s Big Four will all serve closed stadium bans to kick off the 2017/18 season due to incidents that took place last year. AGONAsport.com takes a look at which fixtures the Big-4 will serve without home fans.
The Superleague draw that took place in July was of great interest as it determined the schedule for the new season. Luckily, despite the heavy penalties that await Olympiacos, AEK, PAOK, and Panathinaikos no derby (for now) will be conducted without fans this season.
AGONAsport.com takes a closer look to see which games the Big-4 will serve their penalties this season. A reminder, that closed stadium bans are served in both Superleague and Greek Cup fixtures, based on the order of the schedule.
Olympiacos: Olympiacos will serve a 2-match ban due to the incidents that took place against AEK during the Greek Cup semifinal at the Karaiskakis stadium. In a separate case, the Peiraiotes were lucky as the Appeals Committee decided to revoke a three match ban that was original handed to them following the incidents that took place after their matchday 26 fixture against Platanias in last year’s Superleague. As a result, the Erythrolefki will only serve a two match penalty without fans to start the season:
Matchday 1: vs Larissa
Matchday 4: vs Asteras Tripolis
AEK: AEK will serve a three match closed stadium ban due to the Greek Cup final incidents in Volos last April against PAOK. The Kitrinomavri were lucky as they will serve one of their penalties in a Greek Cup fixture against Lamia and not in their matchday 5 derby against Olympiacos. AEK will play the following matches without home fans:
Matchday 1: vs Panetolikos
Matchday 3: vs Larissa
Greek Cup: vs Lamia
Panathinaikos: Panathinaikos carry a penalty of just one match in a closed stadium due to what happened in last year’s playoffs against PAOK, when a beer can thrown by a Panathinaikos fan injured PAOK’s former coach Vladan Ivic. However, Panathinaikos will begin the season with a two point deduction.
Matchday 2: vs Levadiakos
PAOK: PAOK carry the heaviest penalty amongst the Big Four as they were punished with a seven match closed stadium ban. Although the Dikefalos tou Vora lodged an appeal, their appeal was refused by the Appeals Committee and the penalty remained as is. One of their closed stadium matches will be served in the Greek Cup and thus their matchday 14 derby against Panathinaikos in Toumba will be played with fans. Despite the heavy penalty, PAOK were extremely fortunate in the Superleague draw as they will play all three big derbies in a packed, intimidating Toumba stadium. The Thessalonikis are expected to give the following matches without home fans:
Matchday 2: vs Kerkyra
Matchday 4: vs Panetolikos
Greek Cup: vs Levadiakos
Matchday 5: vs PAS Giannina
Matchday 7: vs Lamia
Matchday 9: vs Asteras Tripolis
Matchday 11: vs Atromitos