Appeal overturns decision on Aris game

The Appeals Committee of the Hellenic Football Federation on Wednesday overturned the decision of the Super League regarding the resumption of the abandoned match between Aris and Asteras Tripolis and awarded the game to Asteras with a 3-0 score.

Three points will be deducted from Aris in the league standings. The Thessaloniki club will also have to pay a 40,000-euro fine and have to play one home game behind closed doors.

The match at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium in Thessaloniki on April 8 was suspended after an object hurled from the stands hit assistant referee Chrysoula Kourobilia in the 42nd minute of the game with the score at 1-0 in the visitors’ favor.

The Disciplinary Committee of the Super League ruled last week that the match was wrongly abandoned and should restart from the 42nd minute with the score as it was.

Soccer prosecutor Panayiotis Karras appealed the decision, though, and the federation's appeals committee ruled on Wednesday that the game was correctly suspended but stopped short of deducting two points from Aris from next season's league standings, as the new sports law provides for and has already applied in the case of the abandoned game between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos in March. 

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