Olympiacos and PAOK appeals still ongoing

Olympiacos and PAOK appeals still ongoing

Both desperately trying to avoid points deductions, Olympiacos and PAOK saw their appeals to the Disciplinary Committee put back to further dates.

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During Friday afternoon, the second hearing of Olympiacos’ appeal was heard. Following the 1:2 defeat to AEK Athens at home in early February, a number of fans in Piraeus charged on to the pitch hurling objects and flares at police. Olympiacos were handed a three-point deduction from the Super League standings and had to host Panionios and Panathinaikos inside an empty Karaiskakis Stadium, but the Thrylos’ appeal is still ongoing. Yet again, the Disciplinary Committee agreed to delay the final decision. In order to put together all of their evidence, Olympiacos asked to extend the deadline to Tuesday. Their wish was granted, meaning that Olympiacos have to present all of their materials backing up their defense on Tuesday and a decision concerning the appeal is expected shortly afterward.

PAOK were docked three-points from the table after Olympiacos head coach Oscar Garcia was struck by a flying object before a game between the two giants started in Thessaloniki. The match was then abandoned, and Olympiacos were awarded a 3:0 victory. Alongside a three-point deduction, PAOK were also ordered to play AEK and Panionios at the Toumba Stadium without any fans.

Naturally, PAOK decided to appeal the decision. Not wanting to play against AEK at an empty arena, the Dikefalos asked the Disciplinary Committee to review their appeal on Friday to give themselves a chance of having fans at the stadium on Sunday. However, in a lengthy trial lasting almost three hours on Friday evening, it was revealed that another meeting will probably take place on Saturday. Afterward, the final decision may be revealed, but despite their pleas, PAOK did not receive a promise that the matter will be cleared up before Sunday’s huge match with AEK in Thessaloniki.

Current Super League standings taking into account the points deductions:
AEK, 54 points
PAOK, 49 points
Olympiacos, 47 points

by Shaun Nicolaides
Image Source: sportfm.gr
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