Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Europe

Panathinaikos © Action Images

Panathinaikos face action over comments



Panathinaikos are facing disciplinary action for making provocative public statements about referees, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) announced on Monday.

The Greens drew 2-2 with arch-rivals Olympiakos Pireaus in a pulsating Athens derby on Sunday but the build-up was marred by a Panathinaikos statement criticising the appointment of a referee questioned in connection with the 2011 Greek match-fixing scandal.

"[EPO Football prosecutor] Mr. Panagiotis Karras called for a disciplinary hearing for Panathinaikos FC due to the statement it made on December 7 which was published in many papers in wide circulation," said the EPO statement.

"With this announcement the club sought to publicly create a shock and clear innuendo against football institutions (referees and arbitration in general), which causes football supporters and the general public to feel contempt towards football, with the consequence of rejection on the part of the public at large to watch football games."

In the club statement of December 7, president Giannis Alafouzos, who has been critical of what he considers to be biased refereeing against Pananthinaikos this season, said the club was "battling inside and outside the stadiums against a toxic system that has infected Greek football".

Referee Stavros Mantolos was among 90 people questioned in an investigation into match-fixing last year.

A date for the hearing is yet to be set but it is expected to be next week with a fine the likely punishment.

Last week Panathinaikos vice-president Antonis Antoniadis accused Greek Super League referees of vilifying the club after controversial refereeing decisions during a 2-1 defeat by Platanias.

Panathinaikos lie seventh in the league standings, 16 points behind leaders Olympiakos.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Barclays Premier League SuperSport H\L - Matchday 3: Everton v Chelsea
Tue, 02 Sep @ 05:00
Tue, 02 Sep @ 11:15

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
Where are Kenya's strikers?
I was watching the English Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea on Saturday night and...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Spurs will challenge for the title
It was in my room in Rustenburg, during the last Afcon, that I noticed the style that Mauricio...

John Dykes
United in condemnation
The British football press showed tremendous solidarity this week when they all leaped on the same...

Neil Tovey
Borrowing from best practice
The late Irish scribe and poet Oscar Wilde once famously opined that “youth is wasted on the...

Sunday Oliseh
Man U need more than an 'Angel'
Just two games into the English Premier League and Manchester United are five points (synonymous to...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Good signs for the Reds despite loss
A brace from Stevan Jovetic and a Sergio Aguero stunner ensured that Manchester City took all three...