Olympiacos President Fines Squad £350,000 And Sends Them Into Exile After 1-1 Draw
Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis was furious with the performance of his players in the 1-1 draw against Levadiakos and his decided to take drastic action.
The 50-year old, who also owns Championship side Nottingham Forest, has fined the squad a total of £350,000, with the team lying in third place, six points off leaders AEK Athens, who have an extra game to play.
With just three wins in eight games, he has decided to send the players into exile. According to Greek media, via the Nottingham Post, he told them: "I and the rest of the fans have tolerated you enough. You will leave today and go on holiday."
He has also stated that several Under 20's players will be called up in place of those he feels failed to pull their weight.
Marinakis added: "The amateur teams live with the basics, they love Olympiacos and their supporters much more than you do.
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"[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."
Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis has fined out-on-loan Kevin Mirallas and the rest of the Olympiacos team €400,000 (£350,000) and ordered most of the players to go on holiday until the end of the 2017/18 season, due to poor performances. (Source: BeSoccer) pic.twitter.com/d6Y0ehfc55- Everton Blue Army (@EvertonBlueArmy) April 3, 2018
This is quite the punishment.- BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 2, 2018
Greek players have been fined 400,000 euros and ordered to go on holiday by Evangelos Marinakis following poor results.
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The shipping magnate has previous history of fining players for underachieving and did so in 2015. Having been knocked out of Europe, before losing to rivals Panathinaikos in the cup, he fined them 500,000 euros.
On that occasion they went on to win the league but the probability of them adding to their 44 league titles this year is very small. Olympiacos have won seventh successive Greek Super League titles and so it's easy to see why Marinakis has reacted in such a manner.
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