PAOK... the champions of point deductions
PAOK have been handed a total of 14 point deductions over the course of the last three years and will play a total of 10 matches behind closed doors this season, a new record in Greek football.
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Earlier this week, PAOK learned their fate regarding the the debacle that took place between the Dikefalos tou Vora and AEK at Toumba during their March 11th SuperLeague derby. The Thessalonikis were hit with a three-point deduction from the 2017/2018 SuperLeague table, a further two-point deduction for next season, an order to play three home matches behind closed doors, a fine of 63 thousand euros, and a 3:0 forfeit defeat to AEK.
With the five point deduction mentioned above, PAOK have seen a total of 14 points deducted from their SuperLeague points total over the last 3 years.
The first deduction was a result of the 2015/16 Greek Cup semi-final against Olympiacos, where fans stormed the pitch after a controversial call from the referee late in the game. PAOK were forced to forfeit that match 3:0 and for the incidents, were deducted three points from the SuperLeague table.
Last season, the Dikefalos tou Vora were deducted six points from the SuperLeague playoff table after violent, chaotic scenes were witnessed at the Panthessaliko stadium in Volos before the kick-off of the 2017 Greek Cup Final against AEK. Despite the violence, the match was played and PAOK came out 2:1 winners to be crowned the 2017 Cup champions.
Over the last three years, Panathinaikos are runner-ups to PAOK in the point deduction totals with eight deducted points. The Prasini were deducted three points in a derby match that was suspended against Olympiacos when a flare hit Olympiacos’ Alfred Finnbogason before kick-off. Last season, a match against PAOK was abandoned after a beer can struck PAOK coach Vladan Ivic, which resulted in a three point deduction to Panathinaikos for the 2016/17 season and a two point deduction that was carried over into this season.
Olympiacos, AEK, and Atromitos have also been deducted a total of three points each over the course of the last three seasons.
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In addition to the hefty point deductions, PAOK fans have been forced to watch their beloved team’s games away from the electrifying Toumba stadium. With the three match closed stadium ban mentioned above, PAOK will now play a total of TEN games behind closed doors this season, a new record for Greek football.
The first seven were handed to the Dikefalos tou Vora for the fan violence during the 2017 Greek Cup Final against AEK and the final three matches will be served against Panionios (one match in the Cup and one in the league) and Xanthi (matchday 28 of the Superleague).
In total, the Dikefalos tou Vora have only played six full games with fans this season in the SuperLeague and Cup (not taking into account European matches). Four of those matches came in the SuperLeague (Panathinaikos, Levadiakos, Apollon Smyrnis, Larissa) and two in the cup (Trikala, Atromitos). PAOK’s home match against Olympiacos never began after Olympiacos coach Oscar Garcia was struck by an object thrown from the stands, while the Superleague derby against AEK never finished.
PAOK will enjoy one final game with fans this season when they host last placed Platanias on the last matchday in league play.