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The Greek Football Super League is Temporarily Suspended

13 March, 2018, 04:29 | Author: Joan Malone
  • There was a pitch invasion late in PAOK's 0-0 draw with Greek Super League rivals AEK Athens

On Sunday, a match between two Greek Superleague teams, PAOK Salonika and AEK Athens, was suspended when the president and owner of PAOK Salonika, Ivan Savvides, stalked onto the pitch while armed with a gun.

Earlier in the day, PAOK had a stadium ban and a three-point deduction revoked following an incident against Olympiacos on February 25, trimming their deficit to leaders AEK to two points.

It's unusual to see a pitch invasion from a owner anyway, but in this case events took an even stranger and slightly scary turn, as it was apparent that Savvidis was in possession of a firearm.

Following last night's shocking incident - in which the president of a club brought a gun on the pitch - the Greek Super League has announced it is suspending all play going forward.

Greece's deputy culture and sports minister Georgios Vassiliadis said the situation called for "bold decisions" while Federation Internationale de Football Association "fully condemns such behaviour " adding that any disciplinary measures would "fall under the jurisdiction of the Greek FA".

"Given the sensitive nature of football governance in Greece with the recent match fixing scandals, UEFA and FIFA may assume not only jurisdiction, but also a supervisory role in terms of the proceedings at national level", Ioannidis told CNN Sport.

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In great frustration businessman Savvidis, came onto the pitch twice, accompanied by his body guards, to confront the referee.

Vassiliadis said the suspension was indefinite until all involved agreed on a code of conduct and rules; "On our part much tighter rules on issues of security", he added.

The latest incident of violence at PAOK's Toumba Stadium in the northern city of Thessaloniki prompted opposition political parties to raise questions over the government's relations with Savvidis, a former Russian MP who holds stakes in the Thessaloniki Port Authority, media and other businesses.

The Super League website initially recorded the match as a 0-0 draw, showing AEK leading the table on 55 points, with PAOK in third on 50 points.

As a outcome of the decision and Sunday's draw with leaders AEK, PAOK are now five points off the top with five matches remaining.

The match was interrupted as AEK's squad walked off the pitch.


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