Panathinaikos Athens Fined for Accusing Officials of Bias

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Panathinaikos Athens was fined 150,000 euros Tuesday after club president Dimitris Giannakopoulos accused officials of showing bias toward Barcelona in a Euroleague game last week.

After Panathinaikos slumped to a 72-70 overtime defeat in the first game of their best-of-five quarterfinal series last Wednesday, Giannakopoulos blamed officials for the defeat.

“The infractions concerned public statements made by Mr. Dimitris Giannakopoulos alleging a lack of impartiality by the Euroleague Basketball organisation,” the competition’s ruling body said on Tuesday.

“The Independent Disciplinary Judge has considered that Mr. Dimitris Giannakopoulos disregarded the values of sport, good sportsmanship and respect for all persons involved in the competition.

“The judge has also noted the repeated commission of various infringements by Panathinaikos in spite of important fines and warnings.

“The judge stated that if such infractions are repeated in the future, he will seriously consider the possibility of imposing sanctions other than fines, such as permanent or temporary disqualification from the competition.”

It was the second punishment in three days for the six-time Euroleague winner, which was also fined 9,000 euros for crowd trouble the team’s fans caused against CSKA Moscow on April 4.

Panathinaikos, which won a dramatic but incident-free game two in Barcelona 66-65 to tie the series 1-1, entertained the Catalan side last night.

Two wins would steer either side to the May 10-12 Final Four in London’s O2 Arena while the series will return to Barcelona for a decisive tie-breaker on April 25 if they are tied 2-2.

Panathinaikos' Jose Manuel Velazquez, second right, and Zeca, right, reacting after their team scored a goal against Lazio, Oct. 25, 2012Credit: AP