Greek Superleague fixtures suspended indefinitely after president invades pitch

The Super League will not resume until there is a new and clear framework of rules and conditions that have been agreed on by everyone, he added.

'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.

Now, according to Greek outlet Ekathimerini, deputy minister for sports Giorgos Vassiliadis has declared that the entire league has been postponed as a direct result of the pandemonium that brought a premature end to the PAOK-AEK match.

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Savvidis, who owns companies that are leading sponsors of the Greek league, defended his behaviour.

PAOK player Fernando Varela scored a stupendous header in the 90 minute of the game, and eventually sealed the victory for his side.

Savvidis tried to confront the referee with a gun in a hip holster after his side had an 89th-minute goal ruled offside with the score 0-0 at the time. The match was eventually abandoned.

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The decision was a crucial one as the goal would have closed the gap between between third-placed PAOK and league leaders AEK to just two points.

How often have you seen football club managers invade the pitch while the game is in progress? "Most of the headlines in the Greek press exaggerate the facts".

FIFA, the world's governing body for soccer, is "aware" of the incident, BBC Sport reports.

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Greek football has been plagued by pitch invasions and violence on and off the pitch.

"For three years now, the government has fought to redeem path of football", Vassiliadis continued.

"I continue to have faith in us and the Greek justice system and I will continue to do everything in my power, in order to protect PAOK's legitimate interests. On no account will we allow this entire effort to be jeopardized or the phenomena of the past to be resurrected; we will not permit any turning back", Vasiliadis stressed.

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Tobacco tycoon Savvidis, who bought PAOK in 2012, is one of Russia's wealthiest men. He spent two terms in the Russian parliament between 2003 and 2011.

  • Jill Young