Greek FA suspends operations, cites fan violence
The Greek Football Association is suspending operations
indefinitely in an attempt to reform the country’s violence-plagued
Association chief Sofoklis Pilavios asked for a vote Friday by
the body’s executive committee, saying he wanted to take the game
out of the ”hands of hooligans, violence, and match-fixers.”
The resolution passed 49-7 and the suspension will start Monday,
following Greece’s 2012 European Championship qualifier at home to
Malta on Saturday.
The move is being made during the domestic offseason, which
usually lasts until late August.
The FA said that a June 7 exhibition between Greece and Ecuador
would go ahead at New York’s Citi Field.
Greek soccer has been marred by repeated outbreaks of fan
violence this season, along with allegations of corruption.