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EPO ends soccer suspension, Super League resumes

Soccer action will resume this weekend after the Super League convened on Monday, elected a new president and alternate president and sent a letter to the soccer federation that assures it that the top-flight clubs will strive to avert another violent incident such as the recent attack on referee official Christoforos Zografos.

Asteras Tripolis president Giorgos Borovilos, another former referee, has been elected as the new Super League president after the resignation of Dimitris Agrafiotis.

Panathinaikos voted against his appointment, reminding that Borovilos has been implicated in the case of the criminal organization in Greek soccer that has not yet reached the audience.

Dimitris Tzelepis, the president of Panthrakikos, has been elected alternate president of the league.

The Super League board meeting agreed then to send a letter to the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) assuring it of its intentions and asking it to reverse its decision against having referees appointed for soccer games, that led to the postponement of the 11th round of Super League games last weekend.

It also decided that this weekend it will be the 12th round to be played, while the 11th will be rescheduled for January 10-11, 2015.

EPO issued a statement late on Monday that showed it was not excited about the letter it received, but said ”it was in the right direction” and agreed to put an end to the lockout to Greek soccer.

“Although EPO is not satisfied with the content of the letter that shows and illustrates the very large operational problems of the league, it believes that it is in the right direction; for that reason it will appoint referees so that the national competitions can continue and be completed smoothly,” read the EPO statement.

Nevertheless in the early hours of Monday the family enterprise of referee Ilias Spathas in Piraeus was broken into, with burglars causing damage and stealing 2,500 euros, albeit without robbing any valuable items such as computers that were on site.

Spathas had recently refereed the game between Asteras Tripolis and Olympiakos in which Asteras protested of referee bias in favor of Olympiakos.