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La Euroliga responde a las ofensas de Giannakopoulos con una multa de 446.000 euros

Dimitrios Giannakopoulos/
Dimitrios Giannakopoulos

Nuevos son 'solo' 36.000 euros, el resto es la cantidad que el dueño del Panathinaikos tenía pendiente del año pasado

Sergio Eguía
SERGIO EGUÍA

Grecia is different y el Panathinaikos una cosa loca. Su dueño, Dimitrios Giannakopoulos, viejo conocido de los aficionados y del Juez Único de la competición por sus desplantes, ha tardado seis jornadas en liarla bien liada. Y lo hizo con su equipo ganado al eterno rival, Olympiacos. Cuando pierdan va a arder Troya.

La Euroliga acaba de decidir la sanción que merece el díscolo ejecutivo, millonario, hijo y nieto de millonarios, que pasa la vida entre las canchas de baloncesto, el vestuario de los árbitros a los que visita de forma periódica con todo tipo de insultos, y las discotecas del techno más desatado, su otra debilidad.

En esta ocasión la multa es de 30.000 euros por los insultos a los árbitros del Panathinaikos - Olympiacos. Bueno, a dos de los tres colegiados, porque al español Pérez Pérez prefirió no llamarle nada.

Además, le caen otros 2.500 euros, en este caso a su club, por el uso de punteros láser por parte del público. Es algo demasiado común en toda Grecia, no solo en el Panathinaikos, y ayer también se vio como apuntaban a los ojos de Sloukas con esas luces en los minutos finales del Olympiacos - Fenerbahce.

Y 3.500 euros más porque unos invitados que se sentaban en las sillas de pista se levantaron y empezaron a bailar mientras insultaban a los jugadore contratrios durante el derbi. A Giannakopoulos le parecerá raro, pero eso está prohibido.

Una larga disputa

Al mismo tiempo que se le imponía la nueva multa de 30.000 euros, el organismo disciplinario de la Euroliga reactivaba las multas que estaban en suspenso del año pasado. Dimitris Giannakopoulos y sus tonterias hacen que le deba ya 460.000 euros a la Euroliga.

Algo que el griego no ha terminado de entender y que le ha movido a enviar una carta a Bertomeu. La reproducimos, íntegra, en inglés. Se entiende bien.

Dear Mr. Bertomeu.

It is with great surprise that I received your today letter. Multiple questions arise while reading it. To be more specific. I cannot understand why the 410.000 euros have been reinstated while you have explicitly told me that only in the event of a major infringement would this occur and not for a minor one. as applies in the present case. Apart from that, however, such an exhausting penalty cannot be justified by what the Judge himself has accepted as facts. There has been no act of violence reported and it was Olympiacos that delivered the scoresheet to the Media and brought attention to this incident and not myself! In no way does this penalty reflect our consensual agreement to have a new beginning bona fide.

Furthermore. it is totally contradictory that while I am being charged for having said what has been reported on the scoresheet, I am at the same time being summoned by Olympiacos for having declared the exact opposite statements!!! It is not only legally absurd. but irrational as well!

Olympiacos BC has intentionally falsified the truth through public official announcements mentioning that I accused Olympiacos of bribing the two referees of the game!! This is a product of Olympiacos BC's imagination and is completely untrue and misleading!! I will never get tired of repeating that I never made such accusations towards the referees and what Olympiacos BC has intentionally spread throughout the media is a huge slander. One would expect that alter the official defamatory announcements (one of them even made today!) by Olympiacos against Panathinaikos BC and me, Euroleague would have already pressed charges against them. As everyone knows. Olympiacos shamelessly dares to blame in public and repeatedly Panathinaikos and myself for such conduct even after having received our l2ll2l20l8 extra judicial notices by which is stated that we have no relation whatsoever with the lies it spreads throughout the Media!

However, on the contrary, not only this did not happen, but new proceedings for major (!!) infringements have commenced against the victims, that is to say, Panathinaikos and me for FORMALLY HAVING DECLARED THAT OLYMPIACOS HAD BRIBED TWO OF THE THREE REFEREES OF THE OAKA GAME WITH 2O.OOO EUROS! It has to be understood that I am in a dead-end regarding Olympiacos' attacks, as I cannot publicly respond so that I can defend myself and they are not only fully aware of that fact, but they constantly take advantage of it, as well. Needless to say, I personally have initiated all necessary judicial and extra-judicial actions against Olympiacos BC to protect my name and personality against all of the above false and defamatory accusations by the latter, I have already pressed charges and filed a lawsuit against them and I truly believe that the Greek Justice will convict the culprits in the most exemplary way possible- the same way as Euroleague will» too.

Both Panathinaikos' and my personal constant defamation can be tolerated neither by me nor -I am certain of that- by you. Euroleague should have already commenced official proceedings regarding the repetitive deceitful announcements made by Olympiacos. I am. therefore. hereby asking you to inform me in due time about the actions already taken by Euroleague against Olympiacos and its representatives regarding Panathinaikos' and mv personal inestimable both moral and material damage and I formally declare that I will assist in any possible way. so that Euroleague image be protected by such unacceptable behavior» as the one displayed by Olympiacos. In the unlikely case that this has not yet taken place. I ask you to immediately proceed with your own legal actions to protect both me and Euroleague Basketball.

Yours faithfully, Dimitris Giannakopoulos.

 

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