UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Greece has suspended all top-flight football matches after a club owner invaded the pitch with what appeared to be a handgun strapped to his hip.
PAOK Thessaloníki owner Ivan Savvidis marched onto the field on Sunday, March 11, to argue an offsides call that erased a late goal in an otherwise scoreless match against AEK Athens.
Savvidis is licensed to carry a gun, and he never reached for his holster during the incident.
However, images of the scene have sent shockwaves throughout world football.
On Monday, an official with the Greek Ministry for Culture and Sport said play would not resume until stakeholders can agree to clear rules moving forward.
FIFA even warned that it could suspend Greece from international competition if authorities don’t curb violence in its football league.
Meanwhile, the referee reportedly awarded PAOK the controversial goal hours after the match was abandoned. That means both clubs remain firmly in the hunt for a league title.