Changes to licensing penalties set for discussion on Thursday

Changes to licensing penalties set for discussion on Thursday

On Thursday, the Super League Board of Directors will hold a crucial meeting concerning Panathinaikos’ future, as the matter of the relegation penalty for clubs which haven’t obtained a licence will be discussed.

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Due to the club’s dire financial state, Panathinaikos are struggling to obtain a Super League licence for the 2018/2019 season, with the Greens already having been granted extra time to sort out their issues and gather the required documents for the next campaign. However, in an important development, Panathinaikos, Atromitos, PAS Lamia, AEK, Levadiakos and Apollon Smyrnis have requested for the regulation penalty for clubs without a Super League licence to be changed.

Tomorrow, on Thursday, the Super League’s Board of Directors will meet to discuss the idea put forward by the six clubs to make an amendment to the regulations, something which would save Panathinaikos’ bacon in terms of competing in the 2018/2019 season. Matters connected with broadcasting rights between FORTHNET and Nova will also be a topic of discussion.

Nevertheless, even if the Board of Directors agree to change the relegation penalty, it might not be enough to retain Panathinaikos’ top flight status. In order for the rules to be amended, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) must give an official green light, but reports in Greece suggest the EPO will be reluctant to adjust the penalties currently in place because of recommendations made by FIFA and UEFA.

by Shaun Nicolaides
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