FIFA threatens to expel Greece
After numerous scandalous incidents, Greek football is facing a harsh punishment. FIFA is considering an exclusion from all European competitions.
After numerous scandalous incidents in the national league, Greek football clubs are threatened with exclusion from European club competitions.
This was confirmed on Wednesday by Herbert Hübel, head of an observers’ commission appointed by the FIFA since July 2017:”The Grexite, which for a long time seemed far away, is no longer impossible,” the Austrian said:”Greek football stands on the edge of a cliff.
On Monday, following the recent incident in a long series of eclats, the Greek government ordered an interruption of the domestic championship round.
The top match between cup winner PAOK Saloniki and front-runner AEK Athens was the day before in the 90th minute. PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis ran into the court with a gun on his belt.
Also in the PAOK stadium, guest coach Oscar Garcia of Olympiakos Piraeus was struck head-on by an object thrown from the audience at the end of February. The game was 3-0 for Olympiakos, but a deduction of three points was reversed later.
In response to the punishment initially imposed, angry PAOK fans stormed a TV studio and forced the presenter to read out a letter of protest.
A month earlier, the government had also imposed an out-of-town ban on fans of the top clubs Olympiakos, PAOK, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens because of repeated violent excesses.
A few days later, 58 people were sentenced to up to ten years’ imprisonment in Athens in an independent scandal about the manipulation of Greek football in 2011.