Panathinaikos protest over derby officiating: 'We will not allow anyone to toy with our effort'

2021-11-23 12:07
Credit: Vangelis Stolis
Credit Vangelis Stolis

Panathinaikos were the big winners of the Greek derby, prevailing over Olympiacos by 81-76 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus on Monday night.

Despite the win, the Greens issued an announcement, protesting about the officiating of the game.

Panathinaikos underline that "it's not the first time that some conspicuous mistakes have been noticed, which could determine the teams' ranking in the regular season", essentially targeting the Greek Basketball Federation which selected the derby's referees.

2-pointers this season

Points made: 19,8
Accuracy: 56,0%
Place in standings: 8
Record max: 24
Record min: 15
Most made 2FGs: Moustapha Fall

Here is the full announcement of Panathinaikos OPAP BC:

"Before we judge you strictly on the officiating, as you requested, we will try to accept that the decisions, the interpretation of the regulations, and what happened in our game against Olympiacos, are the result of the referees' bad day.

This is not the first time, however, that in the two months since the new basketball era (editor's note: under the new administration of the Greek Basketball Federation) has started, some conspicuous mistakes have been noticed, which could determine the teams' ranking in the regular season.

Panathinaikos OPAP BC explicitly states to whom it may concern that we are not willing to allow anyone to toy with the sweat and effort of our athletes and coaches.

We warmly thank our fans for their support and apologize for the traffic chaos that we once again caused on the streets of Athens," the announcement concludes.


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