Greek fed­er­a­tion sus­pends leagues af­ter ref­eree’s home burnt

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The Greek soc­cer fed­er­a­tion has in­def­i­nitely sus­pended all league games af­ter a sus­pected ar­son at­tack dam­aged a ref­eree's home.

A fed­er­a­tion state­ment says the cause of Wed­nes­day's blaze at Gior­gos Bikas' empty hol­i­day home was “sus­pi­cious.” It says the fed­er­a­tion will take fur­ther ac­tion once the fire depart­ment is­sues an of­fi­cial re­port.

Last week, Bikas had said that an­other se­nior ref­eree was threat­ened out­side his house by un­known men.

Greek soc­cer 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 or­ga­niz­ers and clubs posed se­ri­ous se­cu­rity con­cerns.

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