Olympiacos hit with points deduction and stadium ban

Olympiacos hit with points deduction and stadium ban

Olympiacos’ Super League title defence is in tatters, as the Thrylos were handed a three-point deduction and two-match stadium ban for the scandalous events which occurred in Piraeus last week.

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Immediately after the final whistle blew in Olympiacos’ dramatic 1:2 defeat against AEK, around 50 supporters ran on to the Karaiskakis Stadium pitch hurling flares and other objects at riot police. As a direct result of those circumstances, the disciplinary committee decided to give Olympiacos a large punishment.

On Monday, the decision was revealed. Olympiacos are to lose three points from the Super League table, and will play two matches in Piraeus without any fans inside the stadium. A fine of 90 thousand euros was also imposed on the reigning Greek champions.

It is expected that Olympiacos will host Panionios and Panathinaikos in front of an empty Karaiskakis Stadium. Losing three points from the table, Olympiacos now find themselves trailing leaders PAOK by a huge nine points (if PAOK win on Monday), something which could put an end to their hopes of retaining the Super League trophy.

Nevertheless, a furious Olympiacos do have the opportunity to appeal the decision in the coming days.

by Shaun Nicolaides
Image Source: SDNA.gr
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