Greek football club owner banned for 3 years over pitch invasion with gun
ATHENS – Agence France-Presse
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 organizers said.
PAOK was also docked three points and fined for Ivan Savvidis’ actions, meaning it drops to third place in a tight championship race with AEK and Olympiakos.
The ruling, which also includes a 100,000-euro ($123,000) fine for Greek-Russian businessman Savvidis and a separate 63,000-euro fine for PAOK, is open to appeal.
The Greek league will resume on March 31 after being suspended on March 12 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.