Ref’s home burned, Greek leagues suspended
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.