DISGRACED Greek facet PAOK may very well be relegated after crazed proprietor Ivan Savvidis invaded a match after a controversial ref’s determination showing to hold a gun.
The 58-year-old marched onto the sphere of play after his facet had a objective dominated out in opposition to AEK Athens within the 89th minute – sparking a mass pitch invasion and the sport to be deserted.
Greece’s soccer prosecutor, Konstantinos Simitzoglou laid prices based mostly on Article 19 which states a workforce may very well be relegated within the occasion of intimidation or threats in the direction of match officers.
A lesser punishment may very well be a hefty tremendous and a factors deduction after the shameful scenes after their match with the league leaders.
Savvidas – a Georgia-born Greek-Russian businessman and alleged buddy of Vladimir Putin – faces a tremendous and a ban from soccer for 3 to 5 years for threatening match officers.
The Greek Authorities invited officers from FIFA & Uefa to Greece to debate the state of the sport.
The surprising actions of Savvidis has led to the entire Greek top-flight matches to be suspended, with Deputy Sports activities Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis confirming the ban on Monday following talks with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Issuing an announcement on the PAOK web site, the previous member of the Russian parliament apologised however declared he did NOT threaten anyone.
SHOOTOUT PAOK president Ivan Savvidis invades Greek match in opposition to AEK Athens with A PISTOL as sport is deserted
He mentioned: “I want to apologise to all PAOK supporters, Greek followers and the worldwide soccer neighborhood.
“I’m deeply sorry for what occurred. I had completely no proper to enter the pitch the way in which I did.
“My emotional response stems from the widespread unfavourable conditions prevailing in Greek soccer currently and from all of the unacceptable, non-sports associated occasions that passed off in the direction of the top of the PAOK – AEK Athens encounter: the actions of the referee and his assistant (objective – offside – objective), the match suspension, the protests and invasion on the pitch by many individuals from either side.”
PAOK – who sit third within the desk behind Olympiakos and AEK – have been concerned in one other violent incident solely final month.
Olympiakos boss Oscar Garcia was hit within the head with a roll of bathroom paper, forcing the match to be deserted.
Savvidis added: “All that would result in uncontrollable conditions.
“My solely goal was to guard tens of 1000’s of PAOK followers from provocation, riots and human casualties.
“Please imagine that I had no intention to interact in a brawl with our opponents or the referees. And Ι clearly didn’t threaten anyone.
“Sadly, my household and I, in addition to my colleagues, have been taken hostage by a very sick soccer status-quo.
“Regardless of the continuous assaults I’m dealing with on all fronts, I combat and I’ll proceed to combat for truthful soccer, equitable refereeing in all encounters and titles being gained on the pitch and never in courtrooms.
“I want to apologise as soon as once more.”