PAOK deducted three points and receive stadium ban

PAOK deducted three points and receive stadium ban

Following the chaos against Olympiacos at the Toumba Stadium, PAOK Thessaloniki received a three-point deduction and a two-match stadium ban for the injury suffered by Thrylos head coach Oscar Garcia.

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Moments after the two teams had entered the pitch for the headline Super League match between PAOK and Olympiacos, visiting boss Oscar Garcia was hit in the mouth by a flying object from the crowd. He was promptly escorted to hospital and the referee abandoned the game before it had even started.

To PAOK’s horror, the disciplinary committee took the decision to hand the Dikefalos a three-point deduction for the incident and awarded Olympiacos a 3:0 victory. PAOK also have to play two matches behind closed doors in Thessaloniki, meaning that next week’s crucial battle against AEK Athens will take place without any fans inside the Toumba Stadium. 

PAOK, who lost to Asteras Tripolis on Sunday in dramatic circumstances, find themselves in real danger of missing out on a potentially historic title which seemed imminent. Taking into consideration the three-point penalty, second placed PAOK now trail leaders AEK by five points with only six matches remaining. It’s good news for Olympiacos, as the 3:0 win in the game against PAOK compensates for the points deducted after fan trouble in a match with AEK in Piraeus.

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

by Shaun Nicolaides
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