As a result of the Greek national team’s refusal to play the match against FYR Macedonia at the Women’s 17 EHF Championship, the tournament’s Disciplinary Committee has reached the decision to exclude the federation from further participation in the event
Greece excluded from Women’s 17 EHF Championship
On Tuesday, 2 August 2017 at the Women’s 17 EHF Championship played in Skopje, FYR Macedonia the Greek national team left the court after 32 seconds of their scheduled match against the home team in protest at the fact that team officials were wearing clothing with the name ‘Macedonia’ displayed.
Proceedings were opened against the Greek Handball Federation following the match and the Disciplinary Committee found that the team had an obligation to play the match according to the regulations of the EHF.
Pursuant to Article B.7 of the EHF List of Penalties, the Greek team was excluded from the remainder of the competition and based on Articles 12 and 14.1 of the EHF Legal Regulations, the result of the preliminary round matches were awarded with the score 0:10 and 0:2 points.
The federation was also fined €25.000 and further damages may be payable. The Panel stopped short of imposing any further suspension of the Greek national team beyond the event.
The Greek Handball Federation has the right to appeal but given the fact that the Women’s 17 EHF Championship is ongoing any appeal will not have any suspensive effects.
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