OFFICIAL: AEK confirmed Greek champions after PAOK lose final appeal

OFFICIAL: AEK confirmed Greek champions after PAOK lose final appeal

AEK Athens officially became 2017/2018 Super League champions on Thursday, as PAOK’s final appeal against the club’s punishments was dismissed.

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With only one round of the Super League campaign remaining, AEK possess a six-point lead over PAOK in first place, but the Thessaloniki club were hoping for their appeal against a points deduction to be successful. However, to PAOK’s dismay, their final protest against the Disciplinary Committee’s decision was dismissed, extinguishing the Dikefalos tou Vorra’s last hope of winning the championship.

PAOK’s punishments for the debacle against AEK at the Toumba Stadium, in which club owner Ivan Savvidis charged onto the pitch with a gun attached to his waist, haven’t been changed and remain the same:

  • 0:3 defeat to AEK;
  • Three-point deduction from the 2017/2018 Super League;
  • Two-point deduction from the 2018/2019 Super League;
  • 100,000 fine for Ivan Savvidis and stadium ban for three years;
  • 15,000 fine for Lubos Michel and stadium ban for three months;
  • Three home matches behind closed doors and a fine of 63,000.

As a result, AEK cannot be caught in first position of the table and are the 2017/2018 Greek champions. Following the completion of the match against Apollon Smyrnis on Saturday, AEK will receive the Super League trophy in Rizoupoli and will be able to celebrate the club’s
maiden title in 24 years. 

PAOK can’t challenge the decision in any way, shape or form. 

Super League standings after 29 rounds:

  1. AEK, 67 points
  2. PAOK, 61 points
  3. Olympiacos, 57 points
  4. Atromitos, 53 points


by Shaun Nicolaides
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