Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis invades pitch with holstered gun!

PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis invades pitch with holstered gun!

Savvidis interrupted the match to protest a decision after Fernando Varela's late victor for the hosts was disallowed for offside in the 90th minute.

PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis walked onto the field accompanied by bodyguards, and appeared to be carrying a pistol in a holster around his waist.

The referee could not convince AEK to return to the pitch to complete the final few minutes of match after they expressed concern for their safety. Adding to the widespread confusion, there were claims that the referee, Giorgos Kominis, had actually allowed the goal.

According to reports in Greece, Savvidis had "attacked" AEK official Vasilis Dimitriadis and told the referee "you are a dead man".

Savvidis had asked his team to leave the pitch in protest after Kominos' call but PAOK's Portuguese captain Vieirinha refused and the team did not go to the locker rooms, unlike AEK.

AFPSavvidis appeared to be carrying a gun as he invaded the pitch

"We learned later that the president had a gun, we did not see it there on the pitch".

'We didn't know if he had a gun, then we saw it, ' Jimenez told Cadena SER. The referee signaled a goal but then seemed to disallow it for offside.

"After the invasion, the referee has gone inside and after two hours wanted to resume".

The Superleague's website recorded the match as a 0-0 draw and showed AEK still leading the table on 55 points, with Olympiacos in second on 53 points and Paok still in third on 50.

The committee also overturned a ruling ordering PAOK play their next two home matches behind closed doors, resulting in a sell-out crowd of 30,000 at the Toumba Stadium for the match against AEK.

Turkey court demands graver charge, longer jail for top journalist
In a statement, Amnesty International said the ruling offered a "glimmer of hope" in a country where media has been hard hit. Since the failed coup, Turkey has been holding a massive crackdown on people it claims are affiliated with Gulen's movement.

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