"I was not in front of any weird incidents, I only know what I saw on TV channels. The referee locker rooms are not close to those of the teams and they were closed, so I don't know what happened. It was the classic atmosphere of a derby, there was a delay because of firecrackers dropped on the field.
After eight months I ended my refereeing career, that happened because of that derby even if I got a solid ranking for that. I wrote anything that I saw during the match, if there were any more items dropped on the field I did not see it, otherwise I would have written it.
I did not realize that the fans of Olympiakos had stormed in the field after the end of the game, the police report is claiming that they were just around, so I could not possibly know. I don't remember something weird, my opinion is that those hundreds of fans were just celebrating the victory of Olympiakos.
Whatever happened in the tunnel, I did not realize it and I saw it later on TV. I don't know the decision of the Delegate, the Police knows these things better than the referee. During a derby clash, the atmosphere is hot and the referee has to remain clam, I could not be attending the match and counting firecrackers as well.
Presidents of Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, Marinakis and Gontikas, visited the referee locker rooms in order to express some complaints. Mr. Gontikas asked me about the lineman who did not count Katsouranis' goal and then he spoke with Mr. Gontikas about whose team suffered a greater injustice.
Mr. Gontikas told me that there are no complaints about my refereeing, later Mr. Cisse and the other members of Panathinaikos came there, but I did not notice any incidents between Vangelis Marinakis and Djibril Cisse. There were 30.000 fans in the stadium, I could not possibly hear any racist quotes from them.
Mr. Cisse did not tell me anything about items against him or anything else, but even if he had done it I should have seen it before writing a report about it. I don't know if the policemen tried to stop the fans from storming in the stadium. If Sebastian Leto visited our locker rooms, it happened after my departure from them.
Mr. Cisse made some complaints to me later and had a mobile phone to prove that his team suffered injustice, I believe that he felt this way because his team lost and it seems that he was finally right", was the statement of former referee Dimitris Kalogeropoulos about that derby clash.
The trial related to the lawsuit of Djibril Cisse against Vangelis Marinakis was postponed until February 22, while the French international striker is obligated to attend the court and give his statement over the case, along with the linemen of Olympiakos-Panathinaikos derby in 2011, Saraidaris and Tryfon.
We should also mention that Olympiakos' current Press Officer, Kostas Karapapas, who was a sports journalist back then, attended the trial as witness in favor of president Vangelis Marinakis.