ATHENS — The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) is planning to withdraw Greece’s bid to host the final of the UEFA Europa Conference League of 2022 or 2023 in the city of Heraklion, despite the city being a strong favourite to host the game, according to revelations made by Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) sources on Sunday.
After Skopje and St. Etienne withdrew their bids, that left Tirana as Heraklion’s only rival but over the past few days EPO has been seeking ways to withdraw the Greek bid, for which the Greek working team submitted the final details requested by UEFA on June 15. The assessment of the bids and visits to candidate-cities are due to be completed by September 9, while the final decision is to be announced on December 3.
EPO’s surprising plans were revealed just days after the news that Athens is to host the Champions League group stage draw and UEFA Player of the Year award ceremony on October 10. The ANA sources said that the decision was linked to EPO’s displeasure with Deputy Sports Minister Lefteris Avgenakis and as a way of demonstrating disagreement with the government’s policies on issues relating to football.