Paok Salonika Owner Storms The Pitch With A Handgun After Disallowed Goal
If Premier League fans thought that the scenes at the London Stadium were going to be the maddest seen this weekend then they were very much mistaken with Paok Salonika owner Ivan Savvidis getting a match abandoned for coming onto the pitch with a gun.
West Ham fans got on the pitch and gathered below the directors box on Saturday afternoon to protest the running of the club by Davids Sullivan and Gold in ugly scenes but they paled in comparison to those in Greece.
Paok Salonika hosted AEK Athens in the Greek Superleague on Sunday night. Salonika started the match in third, three points behind second place Olympiakos and a further two behind their opponents on the night.
The match went into stoppage time with the sides at 0-0 before Fernando Varela headed Paok ahead with the ref signalling a goal before overruling his decision and disallowing the goal for offside.
The incident led to Paok owner Ivan Savvidis storming onto the pitch with his bodyguards whilst in possession of a gun with claims he threatened the referee before being pulled away from the man in black.
L'incroyable histoire du week-end : le proprio du PAOK Ivan Savvidis retenu alors qu'il pénètre sur la pelouse, armé, pour attaquer l'arbitre du match qui a refusé un but à son équipe à la dernière minute pic.twitter.com/4zsKv7CnN6- Bruno Constant (@Bruno_Constant) March 12, 2018
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Savvidis entered the pitch twice, being pulled away the first time then taking his jacket off before the second time and revealing the gun in it's holder.
Referee Giorgos Kominis abandoned the game with the crowd being told to disperse but there was still confusion over the result with some thinking that the goal had been allowed. The score though is still being reported as 0-0.
FIFA said it 'fully condemns such behaviour' but that any action against the club or its owner would 'fall under the jurisdiction of the Greek FA.'
If only Mark Noble had been there to stop it.