The Croatian defender has several times accused the refereeing decisions in Greece and once again, speaking to SDNA, he publicly reveals that referees demanded money in order to manipulate matches in Greek football.
“At a game a referee told my teammate: 'If you don't like my refereeing decisions, tell your president to pay us money'. It was a game where he have been denied a penalty. Pranjic went to complain and the referee put his hand into his mouth and said: 'Tell your president to pay'. I hardly remember in which game it took place. It was an away game I think. But it wasn't in a big match or a derby for sure,” Schildenfeld reveals.
Also the Croatian defender describes that the corruption in Greek football in terms of refereeing is massive. “I have seen a president speaking to referees before the game. I have seen club's members to confront referees violently at half time and after the break the referee took all the decisions in their favour,” Schildenfeld adds.
The ex-Panathinaikos defender also thinks that the three-point deduction against Panathinaikos last season was unfair as it cost Panathinaikos massively in the title race. “We beat Olympiakos, we were three points adrift and three games before the season ends we have been punished. They said: 'If we can't beat you on the pitch, we can beat you differently. So get a ban of three-point deduction. At that point our confidence was high but after the win against Olympiakos things turned to be very weird. We've been receiving yellow cards out of nothing or soft penalties were being given against us all the time. But we got used to it,” he said.
Moreover Schildenfeld tells SDNA that he is considering playing with Panathinaikos shin guards when Dinamo Zagreb face Olympiakos at Karaiskakis Stadium for the Champions League later into the season. “Yeah, why not. I've printed both the crests of Panathinaikos and Dinamo Zagreb on them. If I score a goal I will celebrate with them in hands,” Schildenfeld tells SDNA humourously.
The Croatian defender claims that the opponents in the Greek Super League did not face Olympiakos with the same passion and urgency when they have been facing Panathinaikos. “When Olympiakos are playing I feel that the opponents are like drinking coffee in Glyfada. But when I go there to play I feel like having to play against samurai. If they could find a knife they would have done it. They have been playing like mad against us. It's not normal that Olympiakos get 50 players from the Greek clubs and then to loan them back to other clubs. It's good for Olympiakos but terrible for the Greek football in general,” Schildenfeld underlines.