Iraklis, the oldest football club in Thessaloniki, has dropped three divisions over the course of just one summer as on Monday it failed to secure an injunction against the continuation of the Super League and will likely find itself stuck in the fourth division this season.
The Thessaloniki Blues were originally found guilty of forging a tax document, which meant their relegation to the second division. Then they decided to reverse that decision by resorting to a civic court, for which the federation relegated them to the third division.
Now Iraklis has in effect lost its appeal to reverse those verdicts and has also missed the deadline for submitting a license application to the Professional Sports Commission, which means it will have to play in the first nonprofessional division, that is the Regional Championship, or the fourth tier of Greek football.
The next court battle for Iraklis is in November, concerning its request for the first verdict against it to be overturned, but will probably be postponed again, meaning the club will miss the whole Super league season at any rate.
Iraklis president Andreas Panteli stated on Tuesday that he will keep fighting for the club and not quit it, but the team is going to be left without any players as they have not been paid for a number of months.