Panathinaikos to appeal after licence rejection

21 Jun 2013

Greek Super League club Panathinaikos will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being thwarted in its bid to secure a licence to play in European competitions next season.

The Athens club failed to qualify for Europe, but with Uefa yet to announce a decision on an application by PAS Giannina to play in the Europa League, Panathinaikos remained hopeful that a place in the continent’s secondary club competition could be available. The club was only able to secure its licence to participate in the Greek Super League after a second appeal following upheaval in the boardroom.

“Panathinaikos informs its fans that unfortunately it is not licensed to participate in European competitions next season as UEFA accepted the recommendations of the Hellenic Football Federation,” the club stated. “We still believe that our records and application was complete and sufficient and for this reason we will take our case directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

According to Reuters, UEFA said yesterday that it did not expect to make an announcement this week regarding PAS Giannina. Skoda Xanthi would take Giannina’s place in the Europa League if the latter is not granted a licence.