Olympiacos BC see appeals rejected, relegation confirmed
In a huge blow to Olympiacos BC, their two appeals have been rejected by the courts, meaning the Piraeus giants are now doomed to relegation to the second tier.
In February, Olympiacos left the Greek Cup semi-final against Panathinaikos at half time, protesting against the level of officiating. After that game, the organisation revealed that it wouldn’t play against Panathinaikos again with Greek referees, and Olympiacos stuck by that decision for the remainder of the season. Olympiacos subsequently forfeited a Basket League regular season game against Panathinaikos and then did the same in the first round of the playoffs.
Olympiacos were relegated to the second division as a result of forfeiting three matches in one season.
The Erythrolefki launched two appeals: one against the validation of the 2018/2019 Basket League regular season standings, and another against the initial decision to relegate the club to the second division.
However, on Friday, the Supreme Council of Sports rejected both of Olympiacos’ appeals. Olympiacos are now faced with the reality of suffering relegation from the Basket League.
Previously, Olympiacos stated that only their youth team would participate in the second division, while the seniors compete in the EuroLeague. Initially, they had hoped to join the ABA League, but the chances of that happening appear very slim.
Olympiacos’ participation in the 2019/2020 EuroLeague will not be affected by this decision.
Olympiacos are yet to react to the court’s ruling.
To10.gr released these following images of the documents related to the situation: