Olympiacos to avoid relegation to the second division

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Olympiacos took to Twitter and announced that the team will play against Promitheas Patras today (08/05) and will avoid relegation to the second division.

The “Reds” were expected to forfeit the match, since referee Panagiotis Anastopoulos was appointed to officiate the game. Anastopoulos was one of the three referees of the semi-final against Panathinaikos in mid-February, where Olympiacos had left at halftime.

Following the match, the club had informed that “from now on the team won’t compete in any game of domestic competitions against any opponent if the game is officiated by referees Anastopoulos, Manos and Panagiotou.”

However, Anastopoulos informed the Referees Union and the Greek Basketball Federation that he will not be able to join the game, after being verbally assaulted and intimidated outside his house yesterday, so Olympiacos will eventually face Promitheas Patras and will avoid relegation.