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AEK players say no to hotel

2 November 2012-AFP

AEK Athens is relinquishing a night's stay in a hotel before this weekend's Super League derby with Panathinaikos to raise money for hard up team-mates.

AEK coach Ewald Lienen said: "I talked with the players about the issue today in training and we will continue our regular preparations for the match.

"After the training session on Saturday we will have lunch together and Sunday morning we will have breakfast together as we do before each match at the hotel.

"The only difference is that on Saturday night we will not be staying at the hotel. This is only in order to save money."

Financially-troubled AEK is in last place in the table with just five points after eight games in what is the club's worst ever start.

The club has been erratic in paying its players, many of whom are in dire financial straits as the club looks to erase a reported 30 million euros ($37.29 million) debt.

AEK offloaded its high-profile players this northern summer in an effort to balance the books and secure its operating licence.

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