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Association of clubs pushes for bigger league

In one of its last moves concerning the top division in Greek soccer, the Greek Professional Soccer Association (EPAE) decided yesterday to increase the number of clubs in the top tier from 16 to 18 as of next year, when Alpha Ethniki will be run by the newly created Super League. This would keep Levadiakos in the first division and promote Thrasyvoulos from the second division. However, the Hellenic Soccer Federation (EPO) rejected a similar move by EPAE last summer and is expected to contest this one now. It stated last night that «today’s decision does not concern the federation which remains in its position as the supreme authority in Greek soccer.» Crucially, the clubs behind the Super League, who have opted for a 16-club top tier, were not present at yesterday’s EPAE meeting.