Panathinaikos returns by bus to Athens as punishment

2017-04-26T10:42:04+00:00 2017-04-26T12:12:40+00:00.

Aris Barkas

26/Apr/17 10:42

In a strange turn of events Panathinaikos voided the airplane tickets for the team which will return to Athens from Istanbul by bus.

By Aris Barkas/

It’s an unusual decision, taken by team owner Dimitris Giannakopoulos who has promised a bonus of 250.000 euros to the team, if they qualified to the EuroLeague Final Four.

However, after Fenerbahce‘s 3-0 triumph and despite Giannakopoulos stating last night night that the better team qualified, Panathinaikos‘ coaches and players will need a 12-hour bus ride in order to return from Istanbul to the Greek capital.

Τhe total distance between the two cities is a little more than 1.000 km and the obvious point of this gesture is to “punish” the team for getting swept from the playoffs.