First of all, AEK365 has the new team photos for the season available. Nice looking pics in my opinion, with Agia Sofia in the background being a very nice touch. Also nice to see a big smile on Libe’s face.
Now, Adamidis was quite furious with officiating at the match against Tripolis (rightfully so since at least one, but quite possibly more, penalties were not awarded to us). He made his thoughts very vocal, and expressed a number of thoughts he had. And while some from the red or green side (I dont see how the reds can complain considering what they’re president said, even when it wasn’t his team involved!) may not be impressed by the move, all I can say is well done! For years, we have lost vital points due to ridiculous calls by referees (or in some cases, the lack of a call when required). And it hasn’t only been the calls for us. What if Olympiakos had not recieved some of the calls they did three seasons ago (like the match against Aris or Larissa, both in Karaiskaki)? We would have ended up champions, regardless of what happened with Kalamaria. Considering how we managed to remain a competetive team these past few years, I can only imagine where we would have been had we won the championship like we should have. Of course, this is all hypothetically speaking…
Now, it is clear our league is a joke as far as referees are considered. I don’t know if its intentional, or the refs really are that bad, or even both, but I don’t care what others say. Every weekend there are numerous calls, and critical calls, being discussed, and most of the time rightfully so (not just with AEK, but pretty much every team in the league). An end must be put to this, but nothing will be done if nobody speaks out against it. Why should the referee’s bother changing if they know they will still have their job next weekend? They have to at least feel pressured, knowing there is little room for error (not only when Olympiakos is involved), knowing they’re moves will be watched as they should be.
Anyways, I doubt much will change. But I still would like to say well done to Adamidis for at least saying something, and going as far as having a meeting with the EPO head. Sure, there is only so much that will accomplish, but none the less, it has to be done.