PAOK Salonika President Ivan Savvidis Apologises For ‘Show Of Shame’

PAOK Salonika president Ivan Savvidis has apologised for his show of shame after he stormed the pitch with a gun during his Greek side’s home game against AEK Athens on Sunday.

The home side had an 89th minute strike ruled out for offside prompting Savvidis to invade the pitch with a gun in a holster.

The unsavoury incident led to the indefinite suspension of the Greek Super League.

In his words via the BBC, Savvidis said: “I am very sorry. I clearly had no right to enter the field of play in this fashion.”

The local police disclosed on Monday that they were seeking Savvidis to arrest him while world football’s governing body, FIFA, also threatened to suspend Greece from international competition and “expects” the country’s Football Association (FA) to take “appropriate measures and rapidly”.

The decision to suspend the Greek Super League was reached at a meeting between the Deputy sports minister Giorgos Vasiliadis and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday.

However, league president Giorgos Stratos is opposed to the decision as he claimed that the suspension “does not benefit anyone or anything”.

Stratos said that: “The suspension cancels out anything positive that has been done.”

“The suspension endangers the entire sport of football beyond the financial consequences.” he added.