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Greek owner who invaded pitch with gun handed three-year ban

PAOK have been docked three points for Ivan Savvidis’ actions.

Ivan Savvidis, seen here with a handgun in his waistband, invaded the pitch after his side's defeat to AEK Athens.
Ivan Savvidis, seen here with a handgun in his waistband, invaded the pitch after his side's defeat to AEK Athens.
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THE OWNER OF Greek club PAOK has been banned for three years after storming onto the pitch with a holstered gun on his belt, league organisers said.

PAOK were also docked three points and fined for Ivan Savvidis’ actions, meaning they drop to third place in a tight championship race with AEK and Olympiakos.

The ruling, which also includes a €100,000 fine for Greek-Russian businessman Savvidis and a separate €63,000 fine for PAOK, is open to appeal.

Also Thursday, the monitoring committee of global football body Fifa recommended the immediate suspension of Greece’s football federation, according to a letter leaked to Greek media.

The Greek leage will resume on Saturday after being suspended on 12 March in the wake of the Savvidis incident.

The clubs have agreed to a list of government demands, including point deductions and automatic relegation for clubs responsible for violence.

- © AFP, 2018

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