The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has expressed discontent at the Greek football federation’s decision to hold its national Cup final on August 30.
According to the details, the Champions League final scheduled for August 23 in Lisbon, and UEFA offical and former coach, Herbert Huebel believes the date for the Greek Cup final is too late to decide which clubs qualify for next season’s European competitions from the country.
Huebel said in a statement that “FIFA and UEFA strongly support and recommend the completion of all national competitions, including the Greek Cup, before the current season ends and before August 3, the date announced by UEFA for the submission of final scores and the clubs that will represent Greece in the European inter-club competitions.”
In addition to this, the final between Olympiakos and AEK Athens originally scheduled for July 26 but the former refused to play at a smaller stadium in Rizoupoli instead of the Athens Olympic Stadium.
However, Olympiakos wanted the match to be played this Sunday and were also angry at the new date.
“The new decision not only derides Greek football but mainly alters the integrity of the top event as the transfer window starts on August 3 and so on August 30 the rosters of the teams will not be the same as those played during the season,” Olympiakos said in a statement.
Olympiakos called on UEFA, FIFA and the Greek government “to not allow this shame”.