Greek club PAOK owner invades pitch armed, Lille fans attack players

PAOK-AEK: Greek league game halted as gun-toting owner leads protests over disallowed goal

Greek police issued an arrest warrant on Monday against PAOK Thessaloniki owner Ivan Savvidis for invading the pitch - a gun in his hip holster - in Sunday's Super League clash with AEK Athens. The referee signaled a goal, but then seemed to disallow it for offside.

Football's governing body, FIFA, has condemned the incident and says punishment will be decided by the Football Association in Greece. Lubos Michiel (PAOK sports director) told the referee Giorgos Kominis, "you are finished", according to Agence-France Presse.

Furthermore, Savvidis may well have a right to be angry about the goal being disallowed.

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The incident triggered a hail of criticism against the government from the opposition for doing nothing to clean up the game, which has for years been dogged by violence and speculation that it is governed by vested interests.

Both AEK Athens and PAOK are near the top of the#Greek Super League table, equivalent to the English Premier League in Greece, with last night's game of vital importance to both sides in the race for the title and Greece's two Champions League qualifying places.

The match was officially abandoned two hours later and it was reported the referee had reversed his decision.

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Olympiakos itself is appealing a decision that had deducted three points from the team for fan behaviour in a February 4 home game against AEK, which it lost 2-1. He has holdings in assets ranging from Thessaloniki port to tobacco and media companies. He has been said to be close with Vladimir Putin.

A soccer match in the Greek first division descended into chaos when the home team's owner marched on to the field with a gun.

"There were no threats made by Ivan Savvidis, especially not involving the use of a weapon, during yesterday's match", she said.

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The Greek football federation's appeals committee decided early on March 11 to return three points docked from PAOK last week over the February 25 match with Olympiakos, when visiting coach Oscar Garcia was hit by an object thrown from the stands.

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