What a joke…

An announcement was made today by EPO, stating that as soon as a single flare is thrown on to the pitch from now on, the game must either be suspended temporarily or cancelled altogether.

I suppose its a fair rule, considering people have actually been killed after being hit by flares. But I can’t help but think that the timing of all this is a bit odd… Why NOW, less than a week before our cup game with Olympiakos, a game which might very likely have around 60,000 fans in the stands, was this announced? This seems far too much like a way to help Olympiakos get the game called off if it isn’t going their way.

Something else happened just yesterday which makes me wonder about the timing of the decisions taken by league officials in Greece. As was mentioned in a comment in my previous post, Olympiakos’ match with Panthrakikos this weekend was conveniently postponed. Why did they have no problem postponing this match, while it seemed like moving their match with Tripolis back a couple weeks ago seemed like such an impossible task? I don’t know, but it seems like things just coincidently happen to work so well in Olympiakos’ favour…

Enough on the negatives though. From what I read, ticket sales continued well for a second day in a row, and while I haven’t read any official numbers yet on the tickets sold today, it definitely looks like there will be an impressive crowd in OAKA next weekend.

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9 Responses to “What a joke…”

  1. I also want to mention that our handball team sealed its place in the Cup final today.

  2. Chris Zap Says:

    the game now may have to be played on Sunday after all due to the awful condition the pitch is cause of heavy rains, http://www.gazzetta.gr/football/article/711541/ston-aera-panthrakikos-olympiakos-pics

  3. npappas4 Says:

    You are right. We a know that EPO is controlled by Olympiakos and this new rule and the fact that Olympiakos doesn’t play this weekend is absolutely crazy. AEK and its fans have to be on their best behavior today, because EPO is dying to hand out a couple of red cards and would love to see AEK fans mess up. Unreal. Regardless, go AEK!

  4. Chris Zap Says:

    …and the joke continuous. Their game that was bought forward by one day was cancelled due to the awful conditions on the field. The rules state that the game has to be played the following day, but, EPO announced that it has been cancelled till further notice, possibly after Easter!!. The funny thing is that this is not the first time this season this pitch has been awful, yet, the other games went ahead as scheduled. Of course the rules dont apply to Olympiakos, they get modified as necessary. And now Olympiakos is going to complain that their team has been too well rested, they dont have any games recently under their feet. But we had a great game today 🙂

  5. Chris Zap Says:

    Dellas during his press conference after the game, advised the fans to look out for the guy sitting next to them!! We had that in the past where non AEK fans caused trouble for us.

  6. I really hope AEK take their chances well, as seen before if they keep their discipline they can take the win. But the corruption will be there so I hope the fans and the players are cautious in their actions.

  7. I hate to admit it but I believe there will be a flare thrown and we will be blamed for it. I have absolutely no faith that there wont be OLY fans there dressed up in opposite colours for the express purpose of screwing up the result. I hope not, but we’ve seen this happen far too often.

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