PAOK launch second appeal against punishments
As expected, PAOK have taken the AEK case to the Court of Arbitration, hoping for the club’s punishments to be revoked.
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Following the disgraceful scenes witnessed at the Toumba Stadium during the PAOK - AEK match, in which play was suspended after PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis made a pitch invasion with a gun attached to his waist, the Dikefalos tou Vorra were handed these punishments:
- 0:3 defeat to AEK;
- Three point deduction from the 2017/2018 Super League table;
- Two point deduction from the 2018/2019 Super League table;
- 100,000 fine for Ivan Savvidis and stadium ban for three years;
- 15,000 fine for Lubos Michel and stadium ban for three months;
- Three home matches behind closed doors and fine of 63,000.
PAOK’s original appeal to the Hellenic Football Federation’s Appeals Committee was unanimously rejected, but the club are refusing to back down, now taking the matter to the Court of Arbitration in hope that mercy will be shown. Last Friday, PAOK officially submitted another appeal, with the hearing due to take place on Thursday. The decision is expected to be revealed either late Thursday or Friday.
The ongoing court case threatens to rain on AEK’s parade. On the coming Saturday, AEK plan to hold a championship party at the Olympic Stadium after the final Super League match against Apollon Smyrnis in Rizoupoli, but if the PAOK matter is not cleared up once and for all, the Kitrinomavri will not be awarded the trophy. It remains be seen whether the final decision concerning PAOK’s punishments will be announced before Saturday.