Government Intervene And Suspend Greek Superleague Indefinitely After Chaotic Fortnight Of Nonsense
07:33, Mar 13, 2018
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That country's sports minister announced Monday that it has suspended play for the entire Greek league as it investigates the incident.
PAOK are third in the Greek top flight and the win would have taken them to within two points of leaders AEK.
Photographs and footage showed Ivan Savvides, one of Greece's richest men, joining a pitch invasion in the closing minutes of a clash with Athens side AEK with what appeared to be a handgun strapped to his waist.
Greece's top-flight football championship was suspended indefinitely Monday, a minister said, hours after the owner of the PAOK team invaded the pitch with a gun strapped to his belt.
However, following the protestations of AEK players, the goal was chalked off by referee Giorgios Kominis.
Tensions were high with the match still goalless between Greece's rivals deep into the second-half, but PAOK thought they had come away with three points as Fernando Varela found the back of the net in the 89th minute. The match was subsequently abandoned as Savvidis was escorted from the field.
The owner of Greek side PAOK was wearing a holster which appeared to contain a revolver when he confronted a referee about a goal.
The Super League will not resume until there is a new and clear framework of rules and conditions that have been agreed on by everyone, he added.
Savvidis, a Russian-Greek businessman, was restrained from reaching referee Georgios Kominis shortly before the full-time whistle was due, having grown angry with the decision to rule out a late goal for offside for his team in the eventual 0-0 draw.
Federation Internationale de Football Association and Uefa have both had their say on the incident but have also indicated that they have no authority to take any disciplinary measures as they "fall under the jurisdiction of the Greek FA".
"I continue to have faith in us and the Greek justice system and I will continue to do everything in my power, in order to protect PAOK's legitimate interests".
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