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Greece lifts suspension on football league after violence concerns

PAOK chairman Ivan Savvidis still faces action for taking to the pitch with a gun.

The Greek government has lifted its suspension of the country's football league after saying it received a commitment from clubs to reform rules aimed at combating violence.

League organisers say games will restart on Saturday with additional midweek matches to be planned to compensate for the two-week suspension.

The government announced the decision on Tuesday following talks with Greek clubs and a delegation from FIFA, which visited Athens this month and had threatened to ban the country from international competition for interference.

The suspension was ordered after PAOK chairman Ivan Savvidis confronted a referee on the field with a holstered gun strapped to his belt.

PAOK and Savvidis are facing disciplinary action and court appearances because of the incident.

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