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Greek football league suspended
Published on: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ATHENS: Greece's top-flight football championship was suspended indefinitely Monday, a minister said, hours after the owner of the PAOK team came onto the pitch with a gun strapped to his belt.

"We have decided to suspend the championship," deputy minister for sport Yiorgos Vassiliadis told reporters after an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

"It will not start again without a new framework agreed by all," Vassiliadis said, adding that the government was in close contact with European football body Uefa.

Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of PAOK owner, Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savvidis, after he invaded the pitch to confront the referee to protest at a disallowed goal in a match against AEK Athens.

PAOK and AEK are in a neck-and-neck race for the league title. – AFP

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