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Relegated AEK's Appeal Bid Fails

aekAEK Athens’ soccer team, relegated to the second division for the first time in 89 years after its most disastrous season ever, had its appeal against punishment measures rejected on April 25 by the Greek Football Federation (EPO) which upheld the Greek Super League sanction.
AEK, which dropped from the top flight last week, was penalized three points from this season and fined 4,000 euros ($5,200) after a April 14 match at home to Panthrakikos was abandoned when home fans chased both sets of players off the pitch.
Panthrakikos were awarded a 3-0 win for the match, which was stopped after AEK had conceded an 87th-minute goal to go 1-0 behind against their fellow strugglers. AEK, which will start next season in the second division with a further two points deducted, had been fighting to at least get the chance to play the final three minutes of the abandoned match.
“The EPO court of appeal has accepted the punishment administered by the Super League and rejects outright AEK’s appeal,” the federation said in a statement. AEK is the second team to receive such a penalty, following Panathinaikos, which received the same five-point deduction after last season’s game with Olympiakos Piraeus at the Olympic Stadium was abandoned.

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