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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...

Greece face international ban over violence, FIFA representative warns

PAOK president Ivan Savvidis stormed the pitch on Sunday, carrying a gun.

ATHENS -- Greece could be expelled from international football competitions because of widespread violence, a FIFA representative said on Wednesday.

Herbert Huebel said a series of incidents, culminating in a gun-toting club owner running onto the pitch to protest a disallowed goal, were "unacceptable."

"Greek football is going to an edge," Huebel said, adding that a potential Greek suspension from international football "is not, any more, impossible."

Huebel met government and league officials...


Greek court hands Avraam Papadopoulos suspended jail sentence

Brisbane A-League defender Avraam Papadopoulos has been handed a suspended two-and-a-half year jail sentence by a Greek court for illegally betting on matches.

Agence France-Presse reports Papadopoulos was one of 58 people punished by the three-member Court of Appeal in Athens for their roles in the "Koriopolis" match-fixing scandal in 2011.

The 33-year-old spent seven seasons with Greek Super League club Olympiakos, at times serving as captain, and signed an A-League deal last year with the Roar.


Greece to renew coach Michael Skibbe's deal despite World Cup failure

Michael Skibbe was appointed by Greece in 2015.

The Greek football federation has said it will renew national coach Michael Skibbe's contract for another two years despite failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Greece were eliminated by Croatia in a qualification playoff earlier this month.

But the federation said Skibbe would be arriving in Athens to sign a new contract on Thursday.

The 52-year-old German took over in 2015 after Greece's wretched qualifying campaign for the 2016 European Championship, during which they were beaten home and away...

Ex-Greece FA chief Vasilis Gagatsis charged for misuse of donation

ATHENS, Greece -- A Greek prosecutor has brought criminal charges against the former head of the country's football federation for alleged breach of duty over the handling of a UEFA donation in 2008.

Court officials said on Monday the charges are connected with one million Swiss Francs ($1 million) earmarked for rebuilding soccer facilities damaged by forest fires that ravaged parts of southern and central Greece in 2007, killing more than 70.

According to the charges, former federation chief Vasilis...