Football match halted as club owner takes gun on to the pitch

Clyde Nash
March 13, 2018

AEK complained that PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis came onto the pitch with a gun in his hip holster and threatened referee Giorgos Kominos, who was reportedly told "you are finished" by PAOK technical director Lubos Michel.

"We must all decide to ignore the political cost.It's a question of will".

When PAOK will have the opportunity to remedy that slump is now anyone's guess after Deputy Minister of Sport George Vassiliadis announced all matches would be suspended until further notice.

The Greek Super League match between PAOK Salonika and AEK Athens was abandoned at the weekend after an 89th-minute goal for the hosts was ruled out for offside, and the club president invaded the pitch while carrying a gun.

According to a report from MARCA, Savvidis went straight towards the referee to argue the disallowed goal.

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It is not the first time that Greece's Super League has been marred by violence.

He did not rule out the prospect of Greek clubs sitting out next season's European matches, but insisted the national team would not be affected.

Savvidis, a Georgian-born businessman of Greek ancestry and a former member of the Russian parliament, has holdings in Thessaloniki port, the tobacco industry and media companies.

The league suspension is the latest stopgap measure adopted by the Tsipras government to maintain order in a championship spiralling out of control.

With confusion surrounding whether the goal had been awarded or not, PAOK president Ivan Savvidis walked onto the pitch accompanied by bodyguards wearing a handgun in a holster on his waist.

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The committee also erased its decision to have PAOK play their next two home matches behind closed doors.

Olympiakos itself is appealing a decision that had deducted three points from the team for fan behaviour in a February 4 home game against AEK, which it lost 2-1.

The 58-year-old approached the referee before being whisked away by his security team.

The decision was made after a club owner entered the field armed with a weapon during a match on Sunday evening.

"We are continuing the battle for transparency and better football".

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