Olympiacos appeal dismissed

Olympiacos appeal dismissed

Reigning Greek champions Olympiacos received damaging news on Monday afternoon, as their appeal against a three-point deduction for fan trouble against AEK Athens was thrown out.

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In early February, Olympiacos hosted AEK at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, losing 1:2 after conceding two dramatic late goals. When the players headed down the tunnel, a number of Thrylos fans charged onto the field of play, hurling flares and pieces of debris at riot police. Olympiacos were initially handed a three-point deduction, a two-match stadium ban and a 90 thousand euro fine, but the club appealed the decision in hope that the points deduction would be overturned.

However, despite the decision being postponed on a number of occasions, it was eventually revealed that Olympiacos’ appeal has proven unsuccessful. In a statement, the Appeals Committee said the Olympiacos appeal against the Super League’s decision has been dismissed.

As a result, Olympiacos stay in third place of the Super League table with 50 points, four behind leaders AEK. Nevertheless, AEK are awaiting the Disciplinary Committee’s decision concerning the doomed match against PAOK in Thessaloniki. 

Current Super League standings:

AEK, 54 points*
PAOK, 52 points**
Olympiacos, 50 points***
Atromitos, 47 points

*-Result of match against PAOK still unknown, decision expected in near future.

**-Result of match against AEK still unknown, club appealing decision to give Olympiacos a 3:0 victory after visiting head coach Oscar Garcia was struck by flying object at the Toumba Stadium.

***-PAOK appeal against 3:0 Olympiacos win in Thessaloniki is yet to reach a conclusion.

by Shaun Nicolaides
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