The government has indefinitely suspended all Greek Super League fixtures after Sunday’s football match between PAOK and AEK Athens in Thessaloniki. PAOK’s former president ran onto the pitch following the full time whistle with a gun to confront the referee in scenes that will further tarnish the reputation of Greek football.
Following a meeting between PM Alexis Tsipras and Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis, the decision was taken to postpone all matches to send out a message that violence and corruption will no longer be tolerated.
“I don’t care about the political cost. This issue must end and everybody responsible will be held accountable,” Tsipras apparently said. Vassiliadis also told reporters that stricter rules are to be implemented ‘after three years of trying to clean up the game’. The incident, which was triggered after a goal for PAOK was disallowed with the score at 0-0, prompted fierce criticism against the government from the opposition for doing nothing to clean up the game.