Chaos at Panathinaikos... The Penalties that Await the Club

Chaos at Panathinaikos... The Penalties that Await the Club

After Wednesday’s derby between Panathinaikos and PAOK at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium was abandoned, massive administrative changes could await the club along with hefty penalties, including point deductions implemented in this year’s playoffs AND next year’s Superleague.

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During the second half of Wednesday's derby between Panathinaikos and PAOK, a beer can was flung from the stands and hit PAOK coach Vladan Ivic in the head. The Serbian manager was sent to the hospital and the head official, Kominis, decided to abandon the match.

The penalties that await Panathinaikos for the incidents are catastrophic for both this season and next season: 

- According to the Article 15 of EPO’s Disciplinary Code, an injury that results from the throwing of an object is penalized with a €30,000-€50,000 fine and a 1-2 closed stadium match ban.
- According to Article 21 of the Football Match Rules, a 3 point deduction will be implemented for the current season along with a 2 point deduction for next season to the accused team if a match is concluded before the full 90 minutes of play.
- According to the same Article, if a match is concluded before the full 90 minutes of play, the accused team will lose the match 3-0.

Thus, Panathinaikos are likely to lose the match against PAOK 3-0 (were winning 1-0 at the time), be deducted 3 points in this year’s Superleague Playoff standings, and will start next season with -2 points. If these penalties are enforced, Panathinaikos will sit with -1 points in the playoff standings.

As for the club’s administration, an emergency Board of Directors meeting was called for Thursday where big decisions will be made. According to reports, Giannis Alafouzos is fed up with Greek football and could resign from his position at the club. Alafouzos believes that his club has been “attacked” multiple times this season from various angles. 

The club’s Vice President Panagopoulos officially announced tomorrow’s emergency Board of Directors meeting and attacked PAOK FC stating that “they are a team that look to win games on paper.”

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