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Greek league suspended after PAOK president invades pitch with gun


Greek League Ivan Savvidis PAOK President

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The Greek Super League was suspended indefinitely after PAOK Salonika’s president invaded the pitch with a gun in its holster when his team was facing AEK Athens.

Chaos flared on Sunday in the northern city of Thessaloniki in the dying minutes of PAOK Salonia and AEK Athens clash, as the referee disallowed PAOK an injury-time winner that would have probably led his team to an important win moved them closer to current league leaders AEK Athens.

PAOK’s owner Ivan Savvidis asked his players to leave the game and invaded the pitch with a gun in a hip holster around his waist followed by bodyguards as he wanted to confront the referee. Thankfully Savvidis was quickly pulled back.

Such incident led the Greek FA to suspend the league indefinitely and Greek police issuing an arrest warrant for Savvidis. The match was abandoned two hours after the incident.

After meeting Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, deputy Sports Minister Giorgos Vasiliadis announced the suspension of the Greek Super League.

“It won’t start again unless there is a clear framework, agreed by all, to move forward with conditions and rules,” Vasiliadis explained.

Last year, domestic football activity was suspended in Greece after an alleged arson attack on the house of the head of the refereeing committee.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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