Panathinaikos permanently lose points after not meeting Wemmer deadline
Panathinaikos failed to reach the deadline for paying off debts to former player Jens Wemmer, resulting in the Greens permanently losing three points from the 2017/2018 Super League table.
32-year old Jens Wemmer, who only made ten Super League appearances for Panathinaikos between 2015 and 2017, claimed he was owed 500,000 euros from the Greens and took the matter to court. After Wemmer’s legal team and Panathinaikos failed to reach an agreement, the struggling Athenian giants were docked three points from the standings, however the club had until Friday to clear the debts owed to the German in order to have the punishment removed.
The Prasini initially paid Wemmer around 50,000, hoping that the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) would take pity on the club and revoke the sentence. Nevertheless, despite Panathinaikos desperately trying to find common ground with Wemmer, time expired on the Greens and the three-point deduction is now final and cannot be corrected.
Unfortunately for Panathinaikos, the situation threatens to become even more catastrophic. Having already seen three points taken away, Panathinaikos will lose a further three if the full 500,000 is not paid to Wemmer by next Friday, five days after Sunday’s match against Panionios in Nea Smyrni. In the event that Panathinaikos don’t pay up, the points deduction will be increased to six. It’s worth bearing in mind that three separate points deductions in one Super League season automatically results in relegation.
For their part, Panathinaikos are preparing to launch an appeal for the EPO to re-open the case surrounding the three-point deduction, stating that the installment of 50,000 should have saved the team from a punishment.