ATHENS – Another victim of a crushing economic crisis that has gone on more than four years, Greece’s second soccer division Football League has postponed the beginning of its season because most of the teams are nearly broke.
“The Board of Directors of the Football League decided to postpone the start of the championship indefinitely because of serious economic and institutional problems,” the announcement by the league said.
The Football League had been scheduled to start the weekend of September 27-28.
According to the announcement, the league has requested a meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, leaders of other political parties, the Greek soccer federation and the first division Super League “asking them to intervene to resolve these issues,” although it wasn’t explained if that meant the second tier teams want to be bailed out just as was Greece.
According to media reports, the major sponsor of the league clubs, the Greek Organization of Football Prognostics (OPAP), cut by 30 percent funding to the Football League for this season compared to last year.
OPAP is a public company based in Athens that exclusively operates and manages numerical lottery and sport betting games in the country and is Europe’s biggest betting firm.