Greece, UEFA Sign Agreement to Clean Up Football



Greek football is notorious for having issues with crowd trouble and hooliganism. File photo

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Aleksander Ceferin, the President of UEFA,  signed an accord on Tuesday offering assistance in reforming Greek football, which has been plagued by crowd control and funding problems in recent years.

The accord establishes a roadmap by which the ruling body will come up with specific proposals for improving Greek soccer within three months.

“I hope Greece becomes again one of the top countries, like in 2004 when it won the Euro (European Championship),” Ceferin told Mitsotakis, adding that he was glad Athens had initiated the move toward improvement.

Greek soccer has been in turmoil for decades, beset by financial woes amplified by the country’s debt crisis, along with frequent crowd trouble.

The world of Greek football is also politically sensitive. Just last month, Parliament rushed through legislation easing the threat of sanctions on soccer clubs whose owners had stakes in more than one team.