SPORTS

OFI offer by Machlas

OFI, the historic club of Iraklion, Crete, found itself at the bottom of the table this morning after a home loss to newly promoted Thrasyvoulos and amid a storm centering on its president, Fanouris Vatsinas. There had been repeated rallies by OFI fans against Vatsinas before Sunday. The 3-1 defeat resulted in the clamor against the OFI owner growing even louder, with the police needing to form a safety zone around the man who refuses to sell the club’s shares despite a number of respectable proposals. After local businessman Manolis Papakaliatis’s failure to convince Vatsinas to sell him the club’s majority stake, former Greece international Nikos Machlas came to the fore on Friday with another proposal. Vatsinas is said to have dismissed the offer, to the dismay of OFI fans who view Machlas as an idol due to his long career with the Iraklion club.