Greek football was suspended with immediate effect after chaos marred the top table clash between PAOK and AEK. PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis entered onto the pitch followed by his bodyguards, with a black gun visible in his belt pocket demanding that his players walk out following a goal disallowed for offside.
The game was stopped amid chaos on the pitch. After two hours however, the referee recalled his offside decision and asked AEK to continue the game for the last two minutes of additional time, with the standing 1-0 result before the goal was disallowed. AEK claimed pressure had been put on the referee and denied to continue under these conditions, and the game, and the Greek championship with it, never continued.
After the league suspension confirmed by Greek Minister of Sports Giorgos Vassiliadis, immediate reactions also followed from governing bodies of FIFA and UEFA, making a football ‘Grexit’ more possible than ever after years of the nation’s football being marred with controversy.
“The FIFA Monitoring Committee responsible for the monitoring of the Hellenic (Greek) Football Federation strongly condemns the recent incidents in Greece and urges all national football stakeholders to act immediately to put an end to the unacceptable situation arising in Greek football.
UEFA is expected to make a pronouncement on this issue which has brought Greek football under disrepute and some other incident that happen in Lille, West Ham and Spartak Moscow.