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Greek Super League

Greece escapes suspension as FIFA satisfied by changes

FIFA and UEFA warned the Greek government against passing laws punishing violence at events.

ATHENS, Greece -- FIFA says it is satisfied with changes made to sporting law in Greece, and has dropped a threat to suspend the country from international competition.

In a letter to the government dated May 20 and made public on Friday by the Greek Football Association, FIFA said a law approved by parliament this month to combat violence and match-fixing did "take into account the proposals previously made by FIFA and UEFA."

FIFA had complained that the draft legislation initially submitted to...

Greece adopts sports law to fight violence, corruption

The Greek Super League has been suspended three times this season due to fan violence.

ATHENS, Greece -- Greece has adopted an amended version of a new sports law aimed at fighting soccer violence and match-fixing, after initial objections from UEFA which threatened to suspend Greece from international competition.

The deputy minister for sport, Stavros Kontonis, says he made "the necessary compromises that do not affect the core of the law."

Kontonis earlier consulted with UEFA officials over parts of the law that they said interfered with the independence of the sport's administration.

Under...

Panathinaikos vs. Olympiakos lives up to its tag as the 'eternal enemies' derby

Police clash with Panathinaikos fans at the 'Leoforos' stadium before the two teams can even emerge for kickoff.

The next in our ESPN FC derbies series involves the two biggest teams in Greek football. Olympiakos recently clinched their fifth straight Greek Super League title, the 42nd in club history. Michael Yokhin went to see them play Panathinaikos in February, the latest chapter in their contentious rivalry.

Everyone in Greece told me I was crazy. Why would I go to the Athens derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos? It will be a dangerous adventure, everyone said.

As I approached the old Apostolos...

UEFA, FIFA warn Greece over prospective new laws

FIFA and UEFA warned the Greek government against passing laws punishing violence at events.

NYON, Switzerland -- UEFA and FIFA say they have sent a final warning to Greece that they face suspension from international football for government interference.

The Greek government wants to pass laws punishing violence at sports events, including imposing fines and threatening to cancel matches.

Football's governing bodies have strict rules protecting...

Panathinaikos lose appeal to overturn 3-point deduction for fan violence

Panathinaikos have lost in their attempt to overturn a three-point deduction due to fan violence.

ATHENS, Greece -- Panathinaikos have lost their appeal against a three-point deduction for fan violence at a Greek league match against Olympiakos.

The violence at the Feb. 22 game prompted a one-week suspension of the 18-team league, followed by a government decision to ban fans at all stadiums until security standards are improved.

Thursday's decision by the Greek Football Association leaves Panathinaikos with 58 points, six behind leaders Olympiakos, who have a game in hand.

Panathinaikos were...