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AEK Athens relegated for first time

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 19 Apr 2013

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AEK Athens have been relegated from the Greek Super League after the league’s disciplinary committee deducted the club three points.

The decision comes after an incident in which fans of AEK chased Panthrakikos players after their side had gone behind late in their crucial clash.

The game was abandoned shortly after the incident and Panthrakikos were awarded a 3-0 victory by virtue of default.

The docking of three points now means that it is mathematically impossible for AEK to stay up this season.

They are five points adrift of saftey and have just one league game remaining against Atromitos.

The club have announced that they will appeal the points deduction, saying their punishment is a ‘premeditated crime’ imposed by a ‘corrupt system’.

If the appeal fails AEK will begin their first stint in the second tier of Greek football on minus two points.

Temporary coach Traianos Dellas, who won Euro 2004 as a player with Greece nine years ago, said that he asked for the league to treat his side fairly before the decision was announced.

“What I asked from the committee was for fair treatment,” he said.

“Matches should end inside the football ground not in court.”

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