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Cisse says Marinakis offensive to sports

Djibril Cisse accused Olympiakos owner Vangelis Marinakis on March 16 of insulting sports, after the head of the Super League sued Panathinaikos?s French superstar a day earlier.

Cisse stated that he had expected Marinakis to apologize for his behavior afrer the Olympiakos vs Panathinaikos league derby on February 19 that ended in a pitch invasion by Reds’ fans, some of whom allegedly attacked Cisse.

“I had expected the president of the Super League and Olympiakos, Mr Marinakis, to issue an apology, if belatedly, for his behavior toward my teammates and me after the match at their ground,» the statement read.

“I have been informed that Mr Marinakis sued me yesterday, twisting facts (to the extent that he claimed the phrase ‘I screwed you’ [in English] means something different in Greek to what it means on the rest of the planet!) and instead of an apology he attacked me and my colleagues for the uncivilized behavior we faced on the pitch and in the locker rooms.

“The behavior of Mr Marinakis offends sports. Instead of this behavior, a simple and honest statement of regret would have been more civilized,» Cisse stated.

A similar statement was issued by Panathinaikos, which stressed that Marinakis is unfit for heading the Super League.

This was followed by a response by former Olympiakos president Sokratis Kokkalis and a counter-response by Panathinaikos.

Marinakis filed a lawsuit against Cisse for slander and libel, three weeks after the French striker had sued the Olympiakos president for slander, verbal abuse and threats against him.