By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sports judge of the Greek league announced today that Giannakopoulos was punished for “slandering the sport of basketball” because of an Instagram post dating back to the 20th of October 2017.
Giannakopoulos will not be able to attend for three months any sporting event in Greece and also has to pay a fine of 10.000 euros.
After the announcement of the penalty, Giannakopoulos issues a written statement in which he states that Olympiacos asked his punishment for a post made about the referee Spiros Gondas. Giannakopoulos clarifies that he deleted the post and asks if the statements of Olympiacos coach and players for the calls in the recent game against Panathinaikos, the video that Olympiacos posted on youtube about the calls, the statements of Olympiacos GM two days after the game in the next referees’ draws for the Greek league and the attack of Giorgos Bogris to a journalist are not deserving a punishment.
That’s why Panathinaikos will ask the punishment of Olympiacos in any similar infraction. “It always takes two to tango…” concludes Giannakopoulos.
Giannakopoulos is also banned for 12 months from all EuroLeague arenas, a decision which he has appealed.