Greek league suspended after PAOK president invades pitch with gun

Greek league suspended after PAOK president invades pitch with gun

Earlier in the day, PAOK had a stadium ban and a three-point deduction revoked following an incident against Olympiacos on February 25, trimming their deficit to leaders AEK to two points.

Images taken on the pitch showed Savvidis apparently carrying a gun in a holster during the chaos that followed, with players and officials eventually leaving the field.

Shocking scenes unfolded in last nights game between PAOK Salonika and AEK Athens, when PAOK's president brought a gun onto the pitch after the game to consult the referee.

That country's sports minister announced Monday that it has suspended play for the entire Greek league as it investigates the incident.

According to Spanish sports newspaper Marca, the club owner walked up to the match official and yelled: "Your career as a referee has ended".

Savvidis, clearly carrying a gun in a hip holster, marches on to the pitch at the Toumba Stadium.

PAOK defender Fernando Varela seemed to have given the home side a last-gasp victor at the Toumba Stadium, with a 90th-minute header, only for the goal to be disallowed after a short delay by the referee on the night.

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The Super League will not resume until there is a new and clear framework of rules and conditions that have been agreed on by everyone, he added.

Vassiliadis also said the suspension will be indefinite until everyone involved agrees to "much tighter rules on issues of security".

"We will not allow to anyone to derive us from our target even if we need to take tough decisions in communication with the UEFA".

UEFA and FIFA have both condemned the events at PAOK versus AEK but maintain any disciplinary measures to be imposed fall under the jurisdiction of the Greek Football Federation (HFF).

"Ivan (Savvidis) didn't threaten anybody with a gun", his media department told Russia's Sport Express newspaper. Many times? Now, how often have you seen football club owners invade the pitch while the game is still on?

Savvides was born in Georgia of Greek heritage and is a former member of the Russian parliament.

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