Greece: Armed club president on the ground, the government suspends the championship
What to pass incidents on Saturday night in Lille for playground bbqs. The clash of the Greek championship between Paok Thessaloniki and AEK Athens ended in chaos on Sunday, with AEK players refusing to end the match after Paok leaders stormed the pitch, including the president. Wore on the belt what looks like a pistol.
Then we play the 90 e minute of this crucial match to the top of the Super League standings, 0-0 on the scoreboard. Paok's Cape Verde defender Fernando Varela thinks he scored the save goal that would give his team the victory and head of the championship. But the referee Giorgos Kominos refuses the goal for an offside, which causes the fury of the local bench, including the president of Paok, the Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savvidis.
Visibly exceeded, the The leader then returns to the field, preceded by other members of the staff, to go to challenge the referee and ask, according to the media, his players not to resume the game, what the television images seem to confirm. According to the photos of AFP, the leader wore on his belt what looks like a pistol, stored in his case. According to the media, the technical director of Paok Lubos Michel, who went to question the referee, would have said to him: "You are finished."
First repressed, Savvidis enters the field again, this time without sound Above. One notices then that he carries a weapon with the belt.
The referee then changed his decision, giving the goal to Paok, which would give the club victory of Salonika, allowing him to return AEK 2 points. But he could not convince AEK to return to the field for the match to be legally ended. The visiting players had returned to the locker room, worrying about their safety and accusing Savvidis of attacking an AEK leader, Vasilis Dimitriadis.
On Monday, the Greek police announced "seek" Ivan Savvidis, after his armed irruption on the lawn. "In the course of the procedure of flagrante delicto, he will be arrested if it is located by tonight at midnight" said a police source. Savvidis is wanted "for violation of the sports law" and not for carrying a gun, because "he has a license" .
The referee will hand over to the Greek Football Federation a report on the match that will decide on sanctions against teams or individuals.
Earlier on Sunday, the Federation's Appeal Committee decided to reassign the three points removed from the Paok after the canceled match against Olympiakos after visiting coach Oscar Garcia was hit by an object thrown from the stands. The committee also decided to remove the penalty imposed on Paok for his next two home games in camera. However, the result of the match, which was finally granted on the green carpet with a score of 3-0 in favor of Olympiakos, is maintained, as well as the fine of 30,000 euros that will be paid by the club Salonica.
After this new bout of violence in Greek football, the government has just announced the outright cessation of the Greek league. "We decided to suspend the Championship," State Secretary for Sport Giorgos Vasiliadis said after an emergency government meeting. The meetings "will not resume until a new framework is put in place, agreed by all," he added, adding that Athens was "in touch" with UEFA.
Sunday night already, the Minister of the Interior, Panos Skourletis, announced to want to react firmly to this news "There is not to discuss, but to take radical measures. The scenes we saw offended Greek football, it is unacceptable that anyone enters the field with a revolver. " he told the Greek news agency Ana.