Third-division Irodotos punished heavily after fan death

Greek third division team Irodotos has been docked 15 points and ordered to play 10 matches behind closed doors following the death of an Ethnikos Piraeus supporter, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) said on Wednesday.

In one of the heaviest punishments handed out in Greek soccer, the Cretan club were also banned from all transfer activity until the end of the season and fined 2,500 euros.

Ethnikos fan Kostas Katsoulis, 46, suffered serious head injuries during clashes between fans at the Football League 2 match between Irodotos and Ethnikos on September 15 in Crete.

He died on September 29 after attempts to bring him out of a coma failed.

Before Wednesday’s decision Irodotos was sixth in the 14-team Group D table with seven points from four matches.

Greece’s top flight Super League matches were suspended for the first week of October by the government, along with all other team sports in Greece, as a mark of respect following the death of Katsoulis.