Football Match Stopped After Team Owner Invades Pitch With A Gun

There was drama at the Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece, March 11, 2018, after a club owner invaded the pitch with a gun in a holster.

Ivan Savvides, a Russian-born Greek businessman entered the field with what appears to be a gun in a holster after the referee disallowed a goal of PAOK during their soccer match against AEK Athens.

The commotion started after Cape Verdean Central defender, Fernando Varela had scored at the death of the match sending the home fans into a frenzy.

But the goal was later disallowed for offside after referee Georgios Kominis had pointed to the centre circle.

The decision forced the game to be suspended as some angry fans invaded the pitch, a situation that gave the security men some hectic time controlling the crowd.

In the ensuing melee, Paok’s owner, Ivan Savvidis accompanied by bodyguards, went on the field to threaten the referee.

He was later pulled away from the pitch.

Even though the Superleague’s website recorded the match as a 0-0 draw, there are reports that referee, Giorgos Kominis, had allowed the goal to stand.

An official statement is expected from the league.

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