FIFA issue requirements for Grexit to be avoided

FIFA issue requirements for Grexit to be avoided

In a crucial development in the Grexit scandal, Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) president Evangelos Grammenos held a meeting with FIFA to discuss the current state of play in Greek football.

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Following the chaos witnessed during the PAOK - AEK match in Thessaloniki, in which PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis charged onto the field of play with a gun attached to his waist, the future of Greek football has been thrown into question. With the scandalous events at the Toumba Stadium making headlines all over the world, FIFA representative Herbert Hubel visited Athens and issued an official recommendation for the immediate suspension of the EPO.

Last week, EPO president Grammenos met with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino, before participating in an official meeting with FIFA and UEFA on Tuesday. However, instead of apologising for what happened, Grammenos attended the meeting to simply give his reasons why the EPO should stay a member of the FIFA and UEFA organisations.

Things weren’t looking too positive for Greece, but hope of somehow saving a potential crisis seems to have returned. In order for the EPO to remain a member of FIFA and UEFA, the world’s governing football body want to see court cases solved within one week, guilty parties to be punished accordingly, new framework for the Super League’s match organisation and the addition of a new foreign specialist to the EPO’s refereeing department alongside Vitor Melo Pereira.

Nevertheless, the EPO’s future will be decided in the Greek Cup final between AEK and PAOK. Representatives of FIFA, UEFA and the Monitoring Committee are set to attend the showpiece match at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, a game scheduled to take place on May 12. Assuming everything goes to plan and no trouble is witnessed, the EPO is confident that the threat of Grexit will be dropped. 

by Shaun Nicolaides
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