Greek league suspended after team owner steps in with gun
Greece’s top-flight football championship was suspended indefinitely on Monday, a minister said, hours after the owner of the PAOK team invaded the pitch with a gun strapped to his belt.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he was “determined” to enforce order in the country’s oft-chaotic leading sport, which has repeatedly been marred by violence on and off the pitch. “We must all decide to ignore the political cost... It’s a question of will. Personally, I am determined to go ahead,” Tsipras said ahead of a meeting with a rival party leader.
His deputy minister for sport, Yiorgos Vassiliadis, was in close contact with European football body UEFA, which he said had been “shocked” by the incident.
Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of PAOK owner, Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savvidis, after he stormed the pitch on Sunday, accompanied by bodyguards, to confront the ref- eree in protest at a 90th-minute disallowed goal in a topof-the-table clash against AEK Athens. PAOK sports director Lubos Michel, a Slovak former FIFA referee, is also believed to have threatened referee.