Greek league suspended as PAOK president confronts referee with gun

Greek football match stopped after team owner invades pitch with a gun

The Greek Superleague match between PAOK FC and AEK Athens was abandoned Sunday after PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis stormed the pitch armed with a gun after the referee disallowed his team a goal.

"We have chose to interrupt the championship ..."

His deputy minister for sport, Yiorgos Vassiliadis, had earlier told reporters after an emergency meeting with Tsipras that the Superleague championship would "not start again without a new framework agreed by all".

The freaky incident took place last night after PAOK's tense 0-0 draw with AEK Athens, which saw PAOK denied a late victor when the officials cancelled out a seemingly good goal. He added, "We will not allow anybody to deter us from this path, even if tough decisions are required in consultation with UEFA [European's soccer's governing body]".

"For three years now, the government has fought to redeem path of football", Vassiliadis continued.

After the chaos, the referee reportedly changed his mind and recorded the goal and a subsequent 1-0 win for PAOK.

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But he was back on the pitch to see Cristiano Ronaldo score his second goal of the game with what turned out to be the victor . Isco and Kroos made way for Benzema and Lucas Vazquez with 19 minutes left but Eibar had two golden chances to score a second.

A match between PAOK Salonika and Olympiakos Piraeus was called off in February after the Olympiakos coach was struck by a "roll of paper" thrown from the stands. As a result Sunday's decisive Super League contest against leaders AEK Athens will take place in front of spectators.

This was after Olympiakos fans clashed with police on February 4 after a shock home defeat to AEK dealt a serious blow to their title defence.

The latest incident of violence at PAOK's Toumba Stadium in the northern city of Thessaloniki prompted opposition political parties to raise questions over the government's relations with Savvidis, a former Russian MP who holds stakes in the Thessaloniki Port Authority, media and other businesses.

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

PAOK's owner, businessman Ivan Savvidis, came on the field twice and was accompanied by bodyguards.

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