Thursday October 23, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
22o C
16o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Atromitos slams manner of defeat to AEK in cup final

 Losing coach accuses game of being a fix, as accusations fly about behavior of Yellows fans
Atromitos coach Giorgos Donis (r) was incensed by refereeing decisions and the intimidation from the AEK fans.

Atromitos has slammed the manner of its 3-0 defeat in the Greek Cup final, raging against both referee Tasos Kakos and AEK fans who invaded or encircled the pitch for much of the game.

“This took Greek soccer back at least 100 years,” said Atromitos owner Giorgos Spanos. “AEK won the cup today because it had to win. Everyone saw what circumstances we had to play in.”

Atromitos was angered that AEK’s opening first half goal stood despite scorer Nikos Liberopoulos being in an offside position before heading the ball. But it was also upset by the behavior of the AEK fans, who invaded the pitch in droves at the end of the game.

Some Atromitos players fought with the pitch invaders who appeared to be targeting people sitting in the Peristeri club’s part of the VIP section.

“This was shameful for Greek soccer,” said midfielder Andreas Tatos. “There were people on the pitch at the end throwing flares into the stands where our families were sitting.”

Atromitos coach Giorgos Donis gave a damning verdict of the referee’s performance and suggested that the manner of AEK’s win was highly questionable.

“We are experiencing something utterly disgusting,” he said. “My players came in at the end after being attacked and having guns pointed at them.”

Donis also claimed that the game had been fixed to ensure that AEK would win.

“This was all staged. When the outsider goes behind to a goal that was two meters offside, everyone can work out what was going on. AEK has won a phony title.”

Atromitos’s criticism did not temper AEK’s joy at winning the club’s first trophy since 2002.

“It’s really important that the team won a title after so many years,” said veteran central defender Traianos Dellas. “We worked hard for this. We need some calm now so we can look at the club’s future.

The former Greece international also rejected any claims that AEK’s win was dubious but admitted that the behavior of the team’s fans was a sore point

“Three-nil is a very clear scoreline,” he said. “We won the game on the field. We can’t be held responsible for what happened off it. We are all aware of the problems that Greek soccer has.”

AEK’s coach Manolo Jimenez also hailed the win and reserved some praise for Atromitos.

“I came to Greece to win titles so this is very important for me,” said the Spaniard. “I want to thank my players because this was a hard season but they managed to turn their fortunes around.

“I want to congratulate Atromitos for remaining in the Super League, getting to the Greek Cup final and playing a good match.”

ekathimerini.com , Sunday May 1, 2011 (00:21)  
Roberto´s heroics make Kasami´s goal count
Third-division Iroditos punished heavily after fan death
PAOK fans stop coach Markopoulos´s move to Olympiakos
Reds lose to Nea Kifissia, search for new coach
Samaras to represent Anastasiades at European Council meeting
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is to represent Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades at the European Council and a European conservative leaders' meeting on Thursday after the latter wa...
Cyprus president to sit out EU summit due to high blood pressure
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was admitted to a hospital in Brussels on Thursday morning following repeated nosebleeds caused by high blood pressure. He was discharged a few hours late...
Inside News
Spanish unemployment lowest since 2011 as economy grows
Spain’s unemployment rate fell to the lowest since the end of 2011 in the third quarter as its economy turned into one of the fastest-growing in the euro region. Joblessness fell to 23.7 per...
EU requests clarification on Italy´s ´breach´ of budget goals
The European Commission has asked Italy to explain why its draft budget for next year will breach European Union debt-reduction goals, a step that may lead to demands from Brussels for chang...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
Defusing a crisis
The crisis in Cyprus is escalating rapidly and defusing it is an extremely delicate and complicated procedure that will inevitably lead to losses for the weakest of the two sides. The course...
EDITORIAL
PM needs to step up
The public perception of the government is anything but good right now. The coalition is projecting an image of discord and constant disputes show that key ministers are unable to stay on th...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Spanish unemployment lowest since 2011 as economy grows
2. EU requests clarification on Italy´s ´breach´ of budget goals
3. German survey props up European shares
4. Nissan recalling 260,000 vehicles globally with Takata air bags
5. Samaras to represent Anastasiades at European Council meeting
6. Arrivals show increase in January-June 2014 period
more news
Today
This Week
1. Strong winds hamper sea travel
2. TBEX brings together 800 travel bloggers in Athens
3. Cyprus president to sit out EU summit due to high blood pressure
4. Arrivals show increase in January-June 2014 period
5. Samaras to represent Anastasiades at European Council meeting
6. Nissan recalling 260,000 vehicles globally with Takata air bags
Today
This Week
1. Coalition shooting itself in the foot
2. Istanbul skyscraper casts shadow over Greece's banking ambitions
3. Greece’s closed society is central to its current malaise
4. The past, present and future of the Greek debt crisis
5. Greece must stick to reforms, says Schaeuble
6. At least 11 banks to fail European stress tests, three in Greece, report says
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.