Greek soccer matches suspended indefinitely due to violence
Greece's government has suspended all professional soccer matches, including in the country's top soccer league, the Greek Super League, the league announced Wednesday.
The country's newly-elected, left-wing ruling party, Syriza, met with soccer officials Wednesday and decided to suspend all play, according to Reuters.
"What we have been informed is that the Super League and the Football League have been suspended indefinitely," Super League president Giorgos Borovilos told reporters. "We have a new government who are looking to bring this subject up for discussion and implement state laws related to it."
Play has been suspended twice before this season because of violence. In November, all professional soccer in the country was suspended after a referee was attacked. Play was also suspended in September after fan violence at a third-division game.
The latest suspension comes after violence at a match between Athens rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos on Sunday.
Club officials were reportedly involved in a brawl during a board meeting on Tuesday.
The government has vowed to resolve the issue of violence. Stavros Kontonis, the government's deputy minister of sport, said that the Super League's next season will not begin unless the league changes ticketing procedures and installs security cameras at stadiums, according to the Associated Press.
- Josh Sanchez