Greek government warns of threat to next season

The Greek government says the start of the topflight league next
season is under threat unless football officials take decisive
action to eradicate fan violence.

General secretary for sport Panos Bitsaxis says he is involved
in discussions with the Greek football federation and league
organizers to ensure matches are played ”under civilized
conditions.”

Bitsaxis said Monday that if the talks are fruitless then the
”championship cannot start.”

Greece has been plagued for years by football violence despite
repeated government pledges to crack down on troublemakers.

The Greek Cup final last month between AEK Athens and Atromitos
was marred by extensive rioting after AEK fans invaded the pitch
and fought with Atromitos players.