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PAOK owner banned 3 years, FC docked points over gun & violence incident

The owner of Greek soccer club PAOK Thessaloniki has been banned for three years for his part in violence that occurred during a match against AEK FC, including running onto the field with a holstered pistol on his hip.

PAOK FC owner Ivan Savvidis, a powerful Russian-Greek businessman, was also fined 100,000 euros ($123,000).

The club itself was docked three points for violence that interrupted recent matches against Olympiakos and AEK – incidents that triggered a two-week suspension of the league.

PAOK FC has been also fined with 63,000 euros.

They will also play their next three home games behind closed doors and start next season with minus two points.

Title rivals AEK have been awarded a 3-0 win for the abandoned game, which was level at 0-0 when Savvidis, one of Greece’s richest men, entered the field.

PAOK are third in the Greek top flight and victory would have moved them within two points of leaders AEK.

The league will resume on Saturday after being suspended on 12 March in the wake of the incident, for which Savvidis later apologized. [bbc, ap]

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