Gun-toting Greek football president handed 3-year ban for armed pitch invasion

Greek Football Club PAOK Owner Banned For 3 Years Over Pitch Invasion With Gun

PAOK owner marched onto the pitch with his gun after a disputed goal

PAOK and president Ivan Savvidis are sanctioned after the 59-year-old entered the pitch during a league game whilet in possession of a gun.

Ivan Savvidis, the gun-toting president of Greek club PAOK, has been punished for his pitch invasion which led to the suspension of top-flight football in the country.

PAOK have also been docked three points as part of the punishment, effectively ending their title hopes, the league's disciplinary committee said on Thursday.

PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis, a powerful Russian-Greek businessman, was also fined 100,000 euros ($123,000) by the Greek sports court.

The government lifted the ban on Tuesday with Super league matches set to resume over the weekend.

AEK Athens were subsequently awarded the three points and a 3-0 victory for the abandoned fixture, in which PAOK had the chance of moving within two points of their title rivals.

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PAOK sports director Lubos Michel, a former global referee, was banned for 90 days and fined 15,000 euros after also entering the pitch and complaining to the referee.

A statement from PAOK said: 'The penalty is harsh and (was made) under the pressure of a targeted communication storm against PAOK.

"We are proceeding with an appeal and wait to be judged on real facts".

"The word Grexit is no more impossible".

However, in its letter revealed on Thursday, the FIFA committee said: "Regretfully ... the monitoring committee is of the opinion that the current situation of Greek football with its repeated episodes of violence does not allow the (federation) to guarantee a smooth running of national competitions".

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