OFFICIAL: Olympiacos win appeal and Eternal Derby, Panathinaikos docked five points

OFFICIAL: Olympiacos win appeal and Eternal Derby, Panathinaikos docked five points

The Appeals Committee has changed the original decision concerning the abandoned Super League Eternal Derby, handing Olympiacos a 3:0 victory on paper while docking a further two points from Panathinaikos.

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On March 17, the headline Super League derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos was abandoned by German referee Marco Fritz in the 70th minute, as tear gas from outside of the Olympic Stadium drifted into the arena. Earlier in the game, play had temporarily been stopped after Panathinaikos fans swarmed the Olympiacos bench, and there were then violent clashes between supporters and police along the periphery of the OAKA. Olympiacos were leading 1:0 when the match was abandoned thanks to Miguel Angel Guerrero’s headed goal.

Initially, Panathinaikos were deducted three points from the Super League table for the violence witnessed outside of the OAKA, however they weren’t found guilty of causing the game to be abandoned and it was ordered for the remaining 20 matches of the match to be played at a later date.

However, Olympiacos have successfully appealed against the decision.

On Wednesday, the Appeals Committee revealed that Olympiacos have been issued a 3:0 victory on paper, while Panathinaikos lose a further two points from the 2018/2019 Super League standings. The initial three-point deduction for Panathinaikos - which was given as a result of the fan violence - also stands, meaning the Greens have been docked a grand total of five points from the table for the incident. Panathinaikos have also been fined 99,500 euros.

“Olympiacos FC are awarded the match by a score of 3:0. Panathinaikos FC receive a fine of ninety nine thousand five hundred euros (99,500) and a total deduction of five (5) points from the standings of the current season.”

Panathinaikos have already hosted Aris (2:0) and OFI (1:3) inside an empty Olympic Stadium in the Super League after they received a two-match stadium ban.

The Athenians have now dropped to ninth place of the Super League standings with 33 points in 28 matches. Olympiacos are five points behind leaders PAOK:

 

by Shaun Nicolaides

Image source: sdna.gr

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