Iraklis avoid first relegation threat
Iraklis were victorious in their appeal for the case involving Nikos Pourtoulidis, avoiding the first of two relegation threats.
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The Hellenic Football Federation’s Arbitration Court announced that they have accepted Iraklis’ appeal for the case involving Nikos Pourtoulidis and the Giraios will not be deducted three points from this year’s Superleague standings. The three points currently put Iraklis ahead of Levadiakos for the final safety spot in this year’s SuperLeague.
Pourtoulidis, who went for eight months without being paid during the 2015/16 season, was eventually paid in full, all the wages owed to him, and Iraklis was grated justice by the Arbitration Court.
However, Iraklis are not saved just yet as they have one final case pending which involves their provisional license to compete in next year’s SuperLeague. Iraklis were not granted a license to compete in the Greek First Division for next season due to an insufficient “folder.” According to the Superleague, a team without a provisional license automatically finishes in last place for the season and is relegated.
The Thessaloniki club have taken this matter to EPO’s Arbitration Court and the club counts on the fact that the current legislation does not impose relegation for teams that have not received a license. In such cases, according to the rules, a limitation on summer signings and contract renewals is imposed.
As for now, the Superleague sees Iraklis as relegated and the league plans to place the team at the bottom of the table when they validate the final standings. If Iraklis are eventually relegated, Levadiakos are likely to be granted safety having finished 15th in the Superleague. However, this also opens up hope for Aris for a possible jump into the Superleague having finished third in the Football League.