Greek soccer faces FIFA expulsion because of violence

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Greek soccer faces FIFA expulsion because of violence
Greek soccer faces FIFA expulsion because of violence

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – A FIFA representative says Greece could be expelled from international soccer competitions because of widespread violence.

Herbert Huebel says a series of incidents, culminating with a gun-toting club owner running onto the field to protest a disallowed goal, are “to be very polite, unacceptable.”

Huebel met with government and league officials in Athens on Wednesday following Sunday’s incident in Thessaloniki at a league match between PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK Athens. The government has indefinitely suspended league play after PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis rushed onto the field when the referee disallowed the goal.

The Greek soccer federation says it will draft a declaration against violence by March 23, after which the government will review its position.

Austrian Herbert Huebel, center, chairman of the FIFA monitoring committee for the Hellenic Football Federation arrives for a press conference in Athens, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. FIFA has sent a delegation to Greece to discuss the country’s soccer crisis, after the government indefinitely suspended top league matches. The suspension followed a pitch invasion by the gun-toting owner of PAOK Thessaloniki Sunday after a late goal for his team was disallowed by the referee. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Austrian Herbert Huebel, center, chairman of the FIFA monitoring committee for the Hellenic Football Federation answers a question during a press conference in Athens, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. FIFA has sent a delegation to Greece to discuss the country’s soccer crisis, after the government indefinitely suspended top league matches. The suspension followed a pitch invasion by the gun-toting owner of PAOK Thessaloniki Sunday after a late goal for his team was disallowed by the referee. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Austrian Herbert Huebel, chairman of the FIFA monitoring committee for the Hellenic Football Federation answers a question during a press conference in Athens, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. FIFA has sent a delegation to Greece to discuss the country’s soccer crisis, after the government indefinitely suspended top league matches. The suspension followed a pitch invasion by the gun-toting owner of PAOK Thessaloniki Sunday after a late goal for his team was disallowed by the referee. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Austrian Herbert Huebel, chairman of the FIFA monitoring committee for the Hellenic Football Federation answers a question during a press conference in Athens, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. FIFA has sent a delegation to Greece to discuss the country’s soccer crisis, after the government indefinitely suspended top league matches. The suspension followed a pitch invasion by the gun-toting owner of PAOK Thessaloniki Sunday after a late goal for his team was disallowed by the referee. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Austrian Herbert Huebel, chairman of the FIFA monitoring committee for the Hellenic Football Federation speaks during a press conference in Athens, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. FIFA has sent a delegation to Greece to discuss the country’s soccer crisis, after the government indefinitely suspended top league matches. The suspension followed a pitch invasion by the gun-toting owner of PAOK Thessaloniki Sunday after a late goal for his team was disallowed by the referee. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Austrian Herbert Huebel, chairman of the FIFA monitoring committee for the Hellenic Football Federation speaks during a press conference in Athens, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. FIFA has sent a delegation to Greece to discuss the country’s soccer crisis, after the government indefinitely suspended top league matches. The suspension followed a pitch invasion by the gun-toting owner of PAOK Thessaloniki Sunday after a late goal for his team was disallowed by the referee. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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