PAOK and Savvidis receive damaging punishments for debacle against AEK

PAOK and Savvidis receive damaging punishments for debacle against AEK

The Disciplinary Committee finally revealed its decision concerning the chaotic match between PAOK and AEK in Thessaloniki, handing AEK a 3:0 win while giving PAOK a three-point deduction and ordering the Dikefalos tou Vorra to play three home matches behind closed doors. PAOK also lose two points from the upcoming 2018/2019 Super League season.

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Earlier in the month, PAOK hosted AEK at the Toumba Stadium in a potentially title deciding clash, but things turned sour after the hosts had a late goal ruled out for offside. PAOK president Ivan Savvidis and sporting director Lubos Michel then came charging onto the pitch, reportedly making threats towards referee Georgios Kominis. The game was eventually abandoned following a lengthy two-hour break.

On Thursday, the Disciplinary Committee released its decision for the incident. AEK were awarded a 3:0 victory, but PAOK received a three-point deduction from the 2017/2018 Super League table, a further two-point deduction for next season, an order to play three home matches behind closed doors and a fine of 63 thousand euros.

Club president Savvidis cannot enter football stadiums for three years and has been fined 100,000. Michel can’t attend matches for the next 90 days and must pay a fine of 15 thousand euros.

PAOK are expected to appeal the decision in the coming days.

Current Super League standings:

AEK, 57 points
Olympiacos, 50 points*
PAOK, 49 points
Atromitos, 47 points

*-Olympiacos once again appealing decision for receiving a three-point deduction after fan trouble against AEK. 

by Shaun Nicolaides
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