Greek Superleague suspended after president’s pitch invasion

The Greek Superleague has been indefinitely suspended after PAOK president Ivan Savvidis invaded the pitch when his side were denied a last-minute goal – appearing to carry a pistol in his waistband.

The clash with AEK Athens was 0-0 when a Fernando Varela goal for the home side was chalked off and chaos ensued.

Savvidis is a businessman and politician, closely linked to Russian president Vladimir Putin. He is also considered one of Russia’s wealthiest men being an owner of multiple companies.

According to AEK officials, Savvidis threatened referee Georgios Kominis, saying to him “you are dead”.

AEK manager Manolo Jimenez claimed that PAOK had been awarded the goal after the ludicrous scenes.

“The referee has invalidated the goal of PAOK for offside, there was a brawl of players and many people entered the field, including their president with bodyguards,” said Jimenez.

“After the invasion, the referee has gone inside and after two hours wanted to resume. We said no. The shame is that in the end the referee has given them the goal, after all that has happened.

“We learned later that the president had a gun. We did not see it there on the pitch.”

The referee then awarded PAOK the goal and the victory.

An official statement from the Greek Superleague announced the suspension today of all league fixtures for the immediate future.




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