Thursday Jul 24, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
32o C
23o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
National soccer team set-up deserves fair-play award

By George Georgakopoulos

Besides a spot in the World Cup finals, Greece may deserve a fair-play award for its handling of a Romanian error that could have annulled the result of the first leg of the qualifying playoffs between the two teams last week at the Romanians' expense.

According to Greek newspaper SportDay, Greek federation officials noticed before the first game between the two teams in Piraeus that Romania had violated the FIFA rule that dictates that all federations that announce a 23-player squad for a game will need to include three goalkeepers.

Romania failed to do so, probably in ignorance of the rule, because their main keeper, who did feature in the return leg, Ciprian Tatarusanu, was not fit for the first match due to an injury. Had they violated that rule, Romania would lose the match with a 3-0 score. Federations can only declare two goalkeepers if they announce squads of only 20 players.

Instead of playing the game and then resorting to FIFA to have the result annulled and win the game 3-0, the Greece set-up – led by director Takis Fyssas and with coach Fernando Santos fully aware – contacted directly the Romanian federation and alerted officials about their error before the match at the Karaiskakis Stadium.

The Romanians acted immediately, but instead of calling up another goalkeeper – given the shortage of time – they added the name of an outfield player to those of Bogdan Lobont and Costan Pantilimon as the three goalkeepers of the Romanian national team for the Friday game.

Fyssas reportedly told the Romanians “we want to qualify on the field and not on paper,” to which the Romanian officials responded with their honest gratitude.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday November 21, 2013 (13:39)  
Athens, the Marathon capital of the world for good
Pole vault record on same day as three doping cases
Standard Liege on Panathinaikos’s way
Volleyball national team reaches Euro final
PPC to look into death of disabled customer
The Public Power Corporation (PPC) launched an administrative inquiry on Thursday into why electricity supplied to the home on Crete of a quadriplegic customer on life support was cut, resul...
Boutaris plans Islamic art museum for Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki Mayor Yannis Boutaris on Thursday announced plans to establish a museum of Islamic art in Greece’s northern port city. Boutaris, who was re-elected in May, told Kathimerini he h...
Inside News
IMF insists on eurozone lightening Greece’s debt
The International Monetary Fund insists that Greece’s debt needs to be restructured and is waiting for the issue to be discussed this fall in the context of the Greek economy’s next assessme...
Investors buy into possible rating upgrade
The prospects of a Greek sovereign debt rating upgrade by Moody’s next Friday pushed most local stocks higher on Thursday on improved, but still not satisfactory, turnover. The Athens Exchan...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
When evaluation is seen as useless
The reactions toward the government’s plans for an evaluation of public sector workers are completely unsurprising. Civil servants – and not just the unions that represent them – abhor the m...
EDITORIAL
Playing the good guy
There is a part of the government that is striving to fulfill the commitments that Greece has undertaken toward its foreign creditors, most of which pertain to reforms that are absolutely es...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. IMF insists on eurozone lightening Greece’s debt
2. Investors buy into possible rating upgrade
3. PPC to look into death of disabled customer
4. Boutaris plans Islamic art museum for Thessaloniki
5. PM, Venizelos meet as Administrative Reform Ministry eases stance on evaluation
6. Activists launch flotilla against Syria chemicals
more news
Today
This Week
1. Quadriplegic woman on life support 'dies due to unpaid power bills'
2. Democracy 'retreated' during crisis, says Papoulias
3. Efforts continue on Crete to find 'Sifis' the crocodile
4. Family of deceased woman on life support says application for 'special status' had been filed with PPC
5. Medical assistance for Acropolis visitors
6. Presidential election will not lead to snap elections, Samaras tells ND deputies
Today
This Week
1. The cost of excellence
2. Ex-Credit Suisse banker taps lesson for Greek rebound
3. Greece seen in third bailout as bonds not enough, economists say
4. Climber dies in Mount Olympus fall
5. Greek banks able to tap investors after stress tests, HFSF Says
6. Greek sovereign debt at 174.1 percent of GDP in first quarter
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.