PAOK owner banned, team docked points for violence
ATHENS, Greece (AP) The owner of Greek soccer club PAOK Thessaloniki has been banned for three years for his part in violence that occurred during a match against AEK Athens, including running onto the field with a holstered pistol on his hip.
PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis, a powerful Russian-Greek businessman, was also fined 100,000 euros ($123,000).
The club itself was docked three points for violence that interrupted recent matches against Olympiakos and AEK - incidents that triggered a two-week suspension of the league.
Thursday’s ruling gives AEK a seven-point advantage over Olympiakos and sees PAOK drop to third place with five matches remaining - unless the decision is overturned on appeal.
Olympiakos has dominated the league for two decades, but AEK is now favored to win for the first time in 24 years.