"We did not vote in favor of Dimitris Saraidaris, because we disagree towards the suggestion and the real meaning of his appointment. The person does not matter, since Panathinaikos is not accepting the way things are right now. There is no spanish or korean model, it is only a matter of certain people. This is what has to be solved for the situation in Greek football to be improved.
The real problem in Greece is refereeing, UEFA knows that well, and is a matter of certain people, those who are ranking and appointing the referees. If we solve that, any model could be successful. We have made a specific suggestion, which we sent to Super League and the 12 small clubs, asking for some things before reaching the stage of speak about certain people.
We want the departure of Mr. Kyros Vassaras from the Central Refereeing Committee, along with the others. It is not fair to release only the others and Kyros Vassaras, decent and capable, to stay and train the new referees. Matches are not fixed, we just see human mistakes? Even this way, it is again Mr. Vassaras' fault, because he is their trainer and they are making so many mistakes.
Otherwise, they matches are fixed, he taught them that and they also have to leave. For Panathinaikos, the most important thing right now is the departure of Mr. Vassaras and Mrs. Koxenoglou from Greek football and refereeing. This was the first thing we asked about. We want to create a model in which Super League will have the most important role and the right to appoint the 3-4-5 heads of refereeing.
Hellenic Football Federation would agree to that, since they did not accept our suggestion, we are not interested in people. We vote against the procedure and don't care who will be the representative of Super League. Since they are not listening to us, of course we will not accept any changes on the TV revenue share, because that was related with the starting suggestion of Christos Panopoulos.
It is not related to the spanish model, it was about professional referees, which is something completely different. Super League would had been the one appointing and paying the referees, ranking them and giving them bonuses, hiring and firing them. It was a completely different plan and we were willing to accept some changes on the TV revenue share, in order to have this type of refereeing", said Christos Panagopoulos.