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Soccer teams unhappy about wasted time

Greek Cup matches were played without hindrance yesterday, but two southern soccer teams are still smarting at the Hellenic Football Association’s (EPO) insistence that they go to Thessaloniki to play, even though the pitches there were buried under 40 centimeters of snow. EPO’s conduct toward our team was, once again, unacceptable, Panathinaikos President Angelos Philippidis said yesterday. We wasted two days because of that. Panathinaikos was to play Iraklis at Thessaloniki on Wednesday night and Panachaiki to play Aris on the same date. Teams objected at traveling to the snowbound northern town but EPO was adamant. Finally, just after the referees had ascertained that play was impossible, EPO notified the teams by fax that, due to weather conditions, the matches were postponed. Panathinaikos and Panachaiki returned from Thessaloniki yesterday. Yesterday, Transport Minister Christos Verelis apologized to the 118 train passengers who were trapped for 15 hours on Monday and Tuesday in unheated carriages in Thrace. The railwaycompany promised each passenger 100,000 drs in compensation.