Mantalos refereeing in the match between AEK and PAS Giannina at OAKA was one of the reasins that Tsachilidis was beheaded by Referee Committee presidensy. The fact that Mantalos calls were considered to friendly for AEK, the Central Referee Committee withdrew him from the charts.
Mantalos calls were commented by media adjacent to Olympiacos and as a result Tsachilidis and Mantalos were dismissed from their posts a fea deays later. Something that depicts a message for every direction.
On the contrary, Papas who officiated the game between Panionios and Panathinaikos is also appointed for the match between PAOK and AEK at Toumpa Stadium.