Greece Suspends Its Football League Amidst Chaos

Greece’s top-flight football league has been suspended, a government minister announced on Monday.

Deputy Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis, speaking after a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, said Greece’s Super League would be halted indefinitely after a tense match between PAOK and AEK led to pitch disorder.

Greek police are also seeking PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis who appeared to walk onto the pitch armed with a handgun amid chaotic scenes towards the end of Sunday night’s clash at Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki.

The match itself was abandoned after trouble following a referee’s decision to rule a 90th-minute PAOK goal offside.

Football in Greece has been in disarray over the last weeks, leading to a particularly tense atmosphere before the PAOK, AEK game yesterday.

PAOK had a three-point deduction for crowd trouble overturned on appeal just hours before a potential title-deciding clash with AEK.

Fans also rioted in Thessaloniki on Sunday before the game.