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The decision of EPO and the Playoff scenarios

This is not a good season for PAOK; there is no doubt about it. The club was starting to gain back some of its lost confidence after the away draw against Panathinaikos (1-1). For one more time the sports journalists came up with emphatic headlines like “the return”, “the awakening” and other best sellers. Most of them quickly forgot that PAOK was already banned (-3 pts) for the sad things that took place in the Cup Semi Final against Olympiakos. However the decision was not clear as it was not known WHEN the three points would be deducted; at this season’s Playoffs or next season? The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO in Greek) clarified everything yesterday. The three points are deducted in this season’s Playoffs while more penalties are on the way for the riots that took place last weekend.

The riots at Apostolos Nikolaidis

The owner of PAOK Mr. Savidis and the chairman of Panathinaikos’ Alliance, Mr. Alafouzos have joined forces this season to end Olympiakos’ domination in Super League. In the Cup Final the two men decided to enter the stadium together to set an example for their fans. This match has been traditionally a rivalry battle between Athens and Thessaloniki but the two men wanted to show the two clubs should solve everything in the field (like they are supposed to) and not outside of it like their fanatic supporters want. Each team had almost 22.000 supporters present at OAKA that day but the strict security measures and the 4.000+ policemen prevented any major problems.

Mr. Alafouzos decided to risk some more by accepting 300 fans of PAOK in their next match between the two clubs as a sign of good will. It has been seven years since the last time that happened in a Super League match. Unfortunately his plan did not work. The game started almost 40 minutes later because the bullies of both teams were trying to prove how tough they are by throwing broken seats at each other. Now both teams are in danger of penalties and it will be very interesting to see what the decision will be this time.

The scenarios for the Playoffs

Needless to say that with or without a new penalty for PAOK (and a first one for Panathinaikos), the other two teams, Atromitos and Asteras Tripolis, suddenly have an excellent chance to steal the first place. You should keep in mind that Super League clarified the Playoff scenarios a few days back based on the place that Panathinaikos will get in them:

Scenario 1

First Place: Panathinaikos – Third Round – Champions League Qualifiers.

Second Place: Playoffs – Europa League

Third Place: Third Round – Europa League Qualifiers

Fourth Place: Second Round – Europa League Qualifiers

Scenario 2

First Place: Third Round – Champions League Qualifiers.

Second Place: Panathinaikos – Playoffs – Europa League

Third Place: Third Round – Europa League Qualifiers

Fourth Place: Second Round – Europa League Qualifiers

Scenario 3

First Place: Third Round – Champions League Qualifiers.

Second Place: Third Round – Europa League Qualifiers

Third Place: Panathinaikos – Playoffs – Europa League

Fourth Place: Second Round – Europa League Qualifiers

Scenario 4

First Place: Third Round – Champions League Qualifiers.

Second Place: Third Round – Europa League Qualifiers

Third Place: Second Round – Europa League Qualifiers

Fourth Place: Panathinaikos – Playoffs – Europa League

To make things short, Panathinaikos may be after the first place (Champions League Qualifiers) BUT IF they will not succeed they will enter the Playoffs of the Europa League no matter if they finish second, third or fourth.

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