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Olympiakos fines and sent underperforming players on holiday

Discussion in 'Other European leagues' started by sport maestro, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. sport maestro

    sport maestro Active Member

    Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis has created headlines in Greece after imposing a €400,000 (£350,000) fine on the team and also ordered some of the under-performing players to go on holiday until the end of the season as the players of the youth team will appear in the rest matches.

    Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns English Championship side Nottingham Forest, was angry on Sunday after Olympiakos were left third on the Super League table after recording a 1-1 draw at 10th-placed Levadiakos.

    The defending Greek league champions are placed third on the league table after managing three wins in their past eight games. Marinakis was quoted in the Greek media as telling the players.

    "I will build Olympiakos from the beginning and it will become the team we are dreaming of, I and the rest of the fans have tolerated you enough. You will leave today and go on holiday."

    The club president who also happens to be a Shipping magnate revealed that very few in the current squad will be retained for the final three matches of the campaign, with replacements to be called up from the U20 team.

    "The amateur teams live with the basics, they love Olympiakos and their supporters much more than you do," he added, vowing to reinvest money collected from the fines into the club's amateur teams.

    "You think more about the nice houses you live in and your cars and don't care about the team. I pay millions for you to have everything. With your actions I fired three coaches. But at the end it looks like you were at fault."

    Marinakis revealed that said half the fine was for last weekend's draw against 10th placed Levadiakos and the remaining £175,000 punishment for a recent was for a 1-1 draw against arch rivals Panathinaikos on 4 March.

    Olympiakos who have won the Greek Super League title for a mammoth 44 times which include winning it consistently for the past seven seasons are placed third and they trail league leaders AEK Athens by nine points with four matches remaining.

    Earlier in February, Olympiakos suffered three points deduction over fan violence during their 2-1 loss to AEK .This is not the first time the club president has fine team, three years ago, Marinakis fined his team 500,000 euros for their performances.

    Fining the team and sending the players away on holiday, Do you see that happening in the top major League in Europe? If that's possible I want to implore Russia billionaire, Roman Abramovic to adopt that method. I think Chelsea squad needs that.

    What are your thoughts, kindly share them and let the discussion begin.
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