Ivan Savvidis, gun-toting owner of football club PAOK, invades his own pitch

Glen Norman
March 13, 2018

The incident occurred in a Greek Superleague match between rivals PAOK and AEK Athens, after the referee disallowed a last-minute goal by PAOK defender Fernando Varela.

The owner of Greek side PAOK was wearing a holster which appeared to contain a revolver when he confronted a referee about a goal.

What did the owner do?

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Greek media reported Monday that the leftist government is seriously considering suspending Super League contests until judicial authorities clear up pending decisions on matches involving violence.

AEK players walked off the field and refused to complete the match citing safety concerns after the fracas.

Savvidis interrupted the match to protest a decision after Fernando Varela's late victor for the hosts was disallowed for offside in the 90th minute.

Football's governing body, FIFA, has condemned the incident and says punishment will be decided by the Football Association in Greece.

PAOK said in a statement: "After what happened today, PAOK chairman Ivan Savvidis is preparing all necessary procedures to protect the team and all his collaborators from the threats and attacks they have been subjected to".

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.

"We will not allow to anyone to derive us from our target even if we need to take tough decisions in communication with the UEFA".

AEK complained that PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis came onto the pitch with a gun in his hip holster and threatened referee Giorgos Kominos, who was reportedly told "you are finished" by PAOK technical director Lubos Michel. Also in 2015, the Greek government announced an investigation into match-fixing by Olympiakos, the country's most decorated pro team. PAOK were initially docked three points but overturned the decision on appeal.

Lille have won the Ligue 1 three times, having won the last title in 2011, and are now one place off the bottom of the table.

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