Greek Soccer Faces World Ban

first_imgATHENS – Greece’s national soccer team will be barred from European and world play beginning April 15 unless the champions tourney suspended because of violence restarts.The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) has received a final letter of warning from FIFA which doesn’t care about violence and ordered the government and soccer federation to relent.Sports Deputy Minister Stavros Kontonis stopped the tourney after fan clashed with riot police during the PAOK vs. Olympiacos semi-final game that had to be stopped, another in a long line of violent events at games were fans are allowed to bring in flares and other incendiary objects and routinely battle with cops.Kathimerini said that he letter also states that any decision by the Council of State will not be taken into account as this does not concern FIFA and its requirements. The country’s highest administrative court won’t take the case up until April 19, four days after the ban would go into effect.FIFA demanded Greece change its sports laws so that the Sports Minister would lose some of his authority over games.  FIFA also opposes clauses of the law on doping, which provides for an independent body to rule on doping cases instead of the EPO disciplinary committee.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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