Greek Football Reverses PAOK Points Deduction



Olympiacos coach Oscar Garcia was rushed to hospital after being hit by an item thrown by PAOK fans at Toumba Stadium

Greek football has been thrown into more disarray after its governing body cancelled a recent 3-point deduction from title hopefuls PAOK, throwing open the league just hours ahead of a crucial match between the Thessaloniki club and Athenian rivals AEK.

PAOK had been docked points after crowd trouble at their home ground which saw Olympiacos’ coach rushed to hospital after he was hit by an item thrown from the crowd.

League rules dictate that if a club’s supporters are responsible for injury to anyone who is legitimately on the pitch, the club loses the match 3-0, has three points docked, faces a fine between €6,000 and €80,000 and must play two or three home games without fans.

However, an appeals committee late on Saturday overturned the 3-point deduction and will see Sunday evening’s league game at PAOK’s Toumba Stadium take place in front of home fans only.

A €30,000 fine will stand and AEK fans will not be present at PAOK’s ground, giving the Thessaloniki team the chance to salvage their title hopes.