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Top Greek football match abandoned as armed owner confronts referee

20:30 12-03-2018
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A match involving the leaders of Greece's top football league was abandoned after their opponents' owner came onto the pitch apparently carrying a gun.Third-placed Paok Salonika thought they had scored in the final minute of the match to give them a 1-0 victory, but after initially seeming to allow the goal, the referee ruled it out for offside, Euronews reports.

This prompted Paok's owner Ivan Savvidis to intervene, striding onto the pitch followed by a group of men to confront the match officials. The businessman, who made his fortune in Russia and once served in parliament as a member of Vladimir Putin's United Russia party, was convinced to leave the field.

However, he later returned having removed his overcoat to reveal a pistol handle protruding from a holster in his belt.

The referee first postponed and then abandoned the match although there was some confusion over the final score, with Paok claiming on Twitter that the goal had been reinstated but the league's website showing the score as 0-0.