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

domestic leagues.

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.