Top Greek clubs threaten to withdraw from soccer league

first_imgThree of Greece’s top clubs have threatened to pull out of this season’s Super League in a dispute over refereeing selections, throwing the start of the new season into doubt.Panathinaikos, AEK Athens and PAOK Salonika all said they would refuse to take part because the Greek Football Federation (EPO) had compiled the list of referees for the season without consulting them or the league.Panathinaikos said in a statement that they would “refuse to participate in another championship scarred by dubious refereeing; under the current circumstances the championship cannot start.”AEK described the situation as “a criminal theatre of the absurd surrounding Greek football”.“It’s impossible for the championship to start and for us to participate in these conditions,” added PAOK, who also called onEPO president Giorgos Gkirtzikis to resign.The season is due to start on Aug. 20.In April, Greece came close to being suspended from international football after the government ordered the Greek Cup final to be canceled following crowd violence at a semi-final between PAOK and Olympiakos Piraeus.Global soccer body FIFA said the order infringed its statutes on the autonomy of national soccer federations, however an agreement was reached shortly before the April 15 deadline.Source: Reuters – kathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Amit Panghal enters 49kg category boxing final

first_imgBoxer Amit Panghal secured a 3-2 win in the 49kg category semi-final to become the only Indian to reach the final of the 18th Asian Games.Panghal defeated Philippines’ Carlo Paalam in a fiercely-contested on Friday.In a see-saw battle which swung decisively in his favour in the final three minutes, Amit recovered from a shaky opening round to assure himself of at least a silver on debut at the Games.The Filipino was aggressive but Amit too managed to connect just enough right straights to fetch a split verdict in his favour.Asian Games 2018, Day 13: Live UpdatesThe Armyman, who hails from Haryana, won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, besides a gold at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria.Amit Panghal will face Rio Olympics gold medallist Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the final on Saturday at 12.30 pm IST.. #AmitPanghal is now one step away from Gold!Army man Amit beats Paalam Carlo of Philippines in a split verdict 3:2 to reach the final of #AsianGames2018 will face 2016 Olympic Champion Dusmatov Hasanboy of in themedal match. #PunchMeinHaiDum #goforgold pic.twitter.com/TQveb610TPBoxing Federation (@BFI_official) August 31, 2018Earlier, Vikas Krishan (75kg) settled for a bronze medal after he was declared medically unfit to fight his semi-final bout due to a cut on his left eyelid sustained earlier in the event.The 26-year-old was to take on Kazakhstan’s Amankul Abilkhan in his last-four clash Friday evening but has been forced out due to the injury, a source in the Indian contingent told PTI.advertisementHe sustained the cut during his pre-quarterfinal bout and the injury aggravated during his quarterfinal clash against China’s Tuoheta Erbieke Tanglatihan.He has, however, managed to script history by becoming the first Indian boxer to clinch three successive Asian Games medals.Vikas won a lightweight 60kg category gold in Guangzhou 2010, before winning a middle-weight bronze in the 2014 edition in Incheon.The former world championships bronze-medallist overcame the bleeding to assure himself a medal but was declared medically unfit for the semifinals by the team doctors.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more