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Greek Football Game Descends into Massive Fistfight (video)

A football game in the Peloponnese descended into chaos as players got involved in a massive fistfight immediately after the final whistle. The game between Iraklis Kalamata and Chandrinaikos, apparently a top-of-the-table clash in the lower local division of the...

Greek Deputy Minister of Sports Punishes Panathinaikos FC for Violence

Deputy Minister of Sports Stavros Kontonis decided to close gates 13 and 14 of the Panathinaikos football field and impose a 90,000-euro fine as punishment for violent incidents. Gates 13 and 14 of the Apostolos Nikolaidis football field host the...

Greek Sports Min: Draft Bill on Battling Violence in Sports Is Ready

Greek Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis announced on Tuesday, May 5 that the new draft bill on tackling violence in sports has been finalized, after talks with international federations in order to improve certain articles and paragraphs. Furthermore, the Greek...

FIFA-UEFA Send Ultimatum to Greek Sports Minister Over Proposed Sports Bill

FIFA and UEFA sent an ultimatum to Greece that the country’s national football team and domestic clubs run the risk of being excluded from international competitions if the legislative bill to combat corruption and hooliganism in all the country's sports, proposed...

FIFA-UEFA Threaten to Ban Greek Teams from International Football Over Sports Law

FIFA and UEFA have threatened the Greek Ministry of Sports that they may ban Greece's teams from all international tournaments unless there are several changes in the new sports law. The new sports legislation drafted by Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis gives more...

Greek Sports Minister Oblivious to Culprits of Football Violence

Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis has proved once again that in Greek politics, a Minister doesn't necessarily need to have any idea of the portfolio he is getting. Either that, or Mr. Kontonis lives on another planet. A planet where football,...

Greek Football Super League to Kick Off Again in Empty Stadiums

Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis announced earlier today that the Greek football top division (Super League) will resume, highlighting though that the league's matches will be played in empty stadiums with no fans. As he further explained, a guideline to address sports-related...

Idle Threats Will Not Stop Football Violence

The official statements after each occurrence of football violence remind one of Groundhog Day: The same condemnations of violence, the same vague threats against vague recipients, the same proclaimed good intentions, the same pledges to stop violence here and...

The State Sheds Crocodile Tears over Victim of Hooliganism

One can never cease to marvel at the ways Greek politicians choose to handle difficult situations. The recent case of Kostas Katsoulis – a fan so ruthlessly beaten during a football match he died – prompted General Secretary of Sports Yiannis Andrianos...

Football Violence in Greece is Alive and Well

Greek politicians are like the legendary Greek lovers of the 70s and 80s: they will promise the sun and the moon, only to satisfy their baser needs and, of course, will never keep their promises. One of the hundreds...