Posted: 14 March 2018 Time: 12:00
The president of PAOK Salonika who is reportedly on the run from local authorities has spoken out after his incident with his firearm led to the suspension of the Greek Super League.
Third-place PAOK had the chance to move within two points of league leaders AEK Athens when a goal was ruled out by an off-side call in the closing stages of the encounter at the Stadio Toumbas.
With the hostile crowd growing increasingly agitated as the home side were heading for their third consecutive game without a win, controversial club president Ivan Savvidis entered the field with his hand firmly placed on his gun holster.
However, he's since apologised for the incident and explained his reasoning behind the impulsive actions.
"I am very sorry. I clearly had no right to enter the field of play in this fashion," he said, as quoted by BBC Football. "My only aim was to protect tens of thousands of PAOK fans from provocation, riots and human casualties.
"Please believe that I had no intention to engage in a brawl with our opponents or the referees - and obviously did not threaten anybody. Unfortunately, my family and I, as well as my colleagues, have been taken hostage by a totally sick football status quo.
"Despite the non-stop attacks I am facing on all fronts, I fight and I will continue to fight for fair football, equitable refereeing in all encounters and titles being won on the pitch and not in courtrooms."
Article by: Staff Reporter
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Author : Staff Reporter
Publish date : 2018-03-14 10:14:28