Panionios fans protest demotion outside parliament

Hundreds of Panionios fans have gathered outside the Greek

parliament to protest against the decision by the football

federation to exclude the club from the top flight next season

because of financial reasons.

The protest took place on Monday, five days after the federation

announced that Panionios, Iraklis and Panserraikos have been


The clubs are appealing the decision.

If Panionios and Iraklis lose their appeals they will be

relegated to second division. Panserraikos has already been

relegated and will drop to the third division.

AEK Athens, PAOK and Volos received fines ranging from ?8,000 to

?25,000 for submitting documents past the March 31 deadline as they

scrambled to find the funds to pay their players.