Ref’s home burned, Greek leagues sus­pended

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ATHENS, Greece (AP): Greece is en­list­ing an­titer­ror­ism po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate a sus­pected ar­son at­tack on a top ref­eree’s home, which prompted the sus­pen­sion of all league games.

Sports Min­is­ter Gior­gos Vas­sil­iadis says the left-led govern­ment is also pre­pared to pull do­mes­tic clubs out of Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions un­less “nor­mal­ity” is re­stored.

Greek foot­ball has been plagued for years by per­sis­tent fan vi­o­lence and al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion and match-fix­ing.

The govern­ment briefly de­layed the start of the top divi­sion in Septem­ber, ar­gu­ing that a fes­ter­ing squab­ble in­volv­ing the fed­er­a­tion, league or­gan­is­ers and clubs posed se­ri­ous se­cu­rity con­cerns.

League matches were in­def­i­nitely sus­pended af­ter Wed­nes­day’s blaze, in which no­body was hurt.

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