Ref calls are not Greek to Greek club

Global Times - - Mosaic -

Greek Su­per League club Xan­thi have found a unique way to protest what they be­lieve are bad ref­er­ee­ing calls against them.

In­stead of the usual press re­leases in Greek, the team has sent them in English, seem­ingly to avoid pun­ish­ment by the league.

The side was an­gry af­ter the week­end’s 1-1 home draw with Kerkyra, be­liev­ing the vis­i­tors equal­ized with an off­side goal and that they were un­fairly de­nied a goal 10 min­utes later when the lines­man called off­side.

Mon­day’s press re­lease was di­rected at Por­tuguese Vi­tor Melo Pereira, who was ap­pointed last year by FIFA to take charge of ref­eree ap­point­ments in the Greek pro­fes­sional leagues.

“To the at­ten­tion of Mr. Pereira, Dear Sir, if you want this cham­pi­onship to re­main as a cred­i­ble one and if you have the will for the above, im­ple­ment im­me­di­ately the Video As­sis­tance Ref­eree (VAR) sys­tem at the rest of the matches of the cham­pi­onship,” the press re­lease said. “Oth­er­wise, if you do not have the will or you can­not, for any rea­son, to do so... Good Morn­ing.”

Greece plans to in­tro­duce the VAR sys­tem next sea­son in the top leagues af­ter years of com­plaints of bad ref­er­ee­ing and al­leged match-fix­ing.

Af­ter the match, Xan­thi had is­sued a state­ment in English crit­i­ciz­ing the ref­eree, say­ing, “One and a half me­ter in front, it’s too much my friend. It be­comes huge when you are just in front of it.

“But in the end, it be­comes an ENOR­MOUS CASE when in a sim­i­lar mo­ment you let the game to con­tinue in­stead of stop­ping it and giv­ing the off­side. Kisses.”

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