PAOK FC statement
A media statement from PAOK FC following the events of last night at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.
The first person to look towards for answers for yesterday’s events during PAOK’s arrival at the stadium, but for the events which also followed during the half-time interval in the referee’s dressing rooms has a name, and that name is [Greece Deputy Minister of Sport] Lefteris Avgenakis. Everything that happened, if not done with his blessings, certainly enjoys his tolerance, and is a direct consequence of his meeting last Friday with representatives of Olympiacos (Moralis, Karapappas, Souloukou), almost accidentally, two days before the derby against us.
This has legitimized the nonsense that is often observed in this stadium, and it is no coincidence that whenever Olympiacos does not get the result that they want or feels weak, the Georgios Karaiskakis is transformed into an autonomous area where state laws are ignored.
The fact that there was no serious bodily harm to a member of the PAOK squad or staff was due to the presence of our security personnel accompanying the team, while the majority of the police force were absent or simply spectators.
But our character is such that we have learned to come and play, and not to look for reasons not to.
The pretend Deputy Minister of Sports perhaps once again did not see what his privileged interlocutors have done in their efforts to combat violence. For him, of course, these people can teach ethos and morality to everybody else.
And his selective sensitivity to violence (his stance on the attack on Tzilos is still being sought), things like the (forthcoming) acquisition of Forthnet by the owner of Olympiacos Mr. Vangelis Marinakis, the arrival of our team yesterday just two days after his meeting with an Olympiacos delegation, the unconstitutional ban on cameras and journalists at the Karaiskakis stadium, and the events that happened on our arrival yesterday are seemingly typical signs of this.
He may, of course, not yet have been informed of the events and perhaps is still reading only the letter sent by Olympiacos.
As PAOK we announce that we will ask the ruling party officials in Thessaloniki and its MPs elected in our city to take a clear position on these particular political issues since they have clearly exposed the government