Ionikos face more disciplinary action after ref attack
ATHENS, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Athens club Ionikos are likely to face disciplinary action after their home Super League match against Iraklis was abandoned on Saturday when a supporter attacked the assistant referee.
The incident occurred in the dying seconds of the game with the score tied at 2-2.
A scuffle between the players had just seen Iraklis's former Cameroon international Joel Epalle and Ionikos defender Giorgos Poulopoulos sent off deep into added time.
The fan then attacked the assistant referee who had to be rescued by riot police and taken to hospital in a neck brace.
National broadcaster ERT also reported that the police had to intervene after the game to break up a fight in the dressing rooms but did not give details.
It is the second time this season that Ionikos have faced disciplinary action.
They have been docked two points after club president Christos Kanellakis, now suspended, attacked a referee at Corfu airport.
In the other game played on Saturday, Panathinaikos needed a late winner to claim the points against Larissa and leapfrog AEK Athens into second place.
With Ezequiel Gonzalez playing his first game of the season after returning from injury, Panathinaikos found it hard to break down Larissa until Dimitris Salpigidis pounced in the 88th minute for his ninth goal of the season.
The 1-0 win gives Panathinaikos 31 points from 14 rounds, one ahead of AEK and two behind leaders Olympiakos Piraeus, who both play on Sunday.