Iraklis to stay in top-flight soccer

Iraklis soccer club will compete in the Super League next season after a Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) appeals panel ruled by two votes to one that the Thessaloniki club should not be relegated for outstanding debts. Iraklis, one of Greece’s oldest clubs, had been told last month that it could not take part in the Super League due to its unpaid debts, which meant it could not meet the financial commitments required by EPO. However, this has sparked a campaign by the club and its fans, involving large public protests in Athens and Thessaloniki, to persuade the federation to overturn the decision. In its brief statement, EPO said that it accepted Iraklis’s appeal but that it would fine the club 150,000 euros. «Nobody can defeat Iraklis fans,» the club said. «Nobody can play games with the history and standing of our club.» Iraklis now has to rebuild its squad, which was decimated over the summer due to doubts about the team’s future.