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Greek League says suspension of matches a "grave danger" to clubs

Greece's top division on Tuesday opposed the suspension of all Superleague soccer fixtures over crowd trouble, saying it threatened the clubs' very existence.

Greece had indefinitely suspended matches after the owner of the club PAOK Salonika, Ivan Savvides, was filmed wearing a gun holster as he strode onto the pitch to protest about a disallowed goal against AEK Athens on Sunday.

The game was abandoned and later awarded to PAOK following a controversial goal that had prompted the initial protests by PAOK officials.

Stratos said he had asked for the "quickest possible resumption" of matches but no date had been yet decided.

Greek soccer has been plagued by pitch invasions and violence on and off the pitch for years and authorities have repeatedly promised to clean up the game.

However, attendances have dwindled and this season only four clubs in the 16-team top division have posted average attendances of more than 5,000 spectators per league game.

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