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Greece orders 'indefinite' interruption of soccer championship after armed pitch invasion

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece indefinitely suspended its superleague fixtures on Monday after a chaotic interruption of a high profile game between PAOK Salonika and AEK Athens, which included PAOK’s owner entering the pitch area armed on Sunday night.

“We have decided to interrupt the championship... It won’t start again unless there is a clear framework, agreed by all, to move forward with conditions and rules,” Greek Deputy Culture and Sports Minister Georgios Vassiliadis said.

Photographs and footage showed PAOK boss Ivan Savvides, one of Greece’s richest men, joining others in a pitch invasion with a holster on his waist containing what appeared to be a revolver when he tried to protest a goal initially disallowed in the closing minutes of the home clash against Athens side AEK.

The goal, initially ruled offside, was later allowed.

Reporting By Michele Kambas and Renee Maltezou