– President of the Greek football club PAOK, the Russian businessman Ivan Savvidi has apologized to fans and the world community because of an incident during a match of national championship with a team of AEK.
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“I apologize to all the fans of PAOK, the Greek fans in the whole world football community. I’m sorry about what happened. Of course, I had no right to enter the field that way,” – said in a statement Savvidi, published Tuesday on the website of FC PAOK.
He explained that his reaction was caused by “an overall negative situation prevailing in Greek football in the last time, and the complex is unacceptable and unsportsmanlike events which occurred before the end of the match PAOK-AEK”.
Earlier it was reported that Savvidi in Greece charged with violation of the rules of a football match.
During a match of the championship Greece between the teams of PAOK and AEK, the referee disallowed the goal scored by the player of PAOK, which is owned by Savvidi. The businessman was so outraged by the situation that ran onto the field and headed to the arbiter. While the footage from the match shows that Savvidi on the belt hangs a holster with a gun. In the end, the match was cancelled, and the team Savvidi got technical defeat.
In social networks there were photos showing that the President of PAOK entered the field with a gun.
When you thought you’ve seen everything in Greek football… Ivan #Savvidis, packing, entering the pitch demanding his players out. #PAOK pic.twitter.com/c6hb249COU
— Øyvind Rusten (@Rusten7) March 11, 2018
As reported by Spanish radio Marca, citing the coach of AEK, Manolo jiménez, Savvidi went to the judge and threatened him with a gun, said his “career as a referee is over.”
In the incident the match was interrupted, the game stopped with the score 0:0, reports Sport-Express.
In Russia Savvidi known for his activity on the post of the President of FC “Rostov” (Rostov-on-don) from 2002 to 2005.