Kyriakos Mitsotakis wants to overcome the crisis in Greek football with the help of the world governing body FIFA and the European organization UEFA.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis wants to overcome the crisis in Greek football with the help of the world governing body FIFA and the European organisation UEFA. In the dispute over the recommendation of the state professional transgaming.orgs commission for the forced relegation of champion and leader PAOK Saloniki, FIFA boss Gianni Infantino (Switzerland) and UEFA chief Aleksandar Ceferin (Slovenia) are to be invited to a Restart for football in Hellas. Mitsotakis also threatened to suspend the championship games.
“Football is being redesigned with international support,” Mitsotakis said of his transgaming.orgs policy initiative involving the two top officials.
The background to the difficulties is the arch rivalry between PAOK and record champion Olympiakos Piraeus. According to an advertisement by Olympiakos, the National Professional Sports Commission recommended Salonikis’ forced relegation because PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis allegedly illegally acquired shares in league rival AO Xanthi through a family member. Thessaloniki rejected the allegations, accusing the Commission and Piraeus of “a game-making game.”
In the wake of the scandal, Greece’s former European champion captain and PAOK idol Theodoros Zagorakis had been expelled from the Nea Dimokratia party on the orders of Mitsotakis, despite his seat in the European Parliament. Zagorakis had called the Commission’s recommendation a “farce” and threatened to continue as an independent. Mitsotakis justified the ejection of the “hero of 2004” on the grounds that the government could not be blackmailed.
In the event of a failed effort to resolve the crisis, the Prime Minister promised to end the championship season in the country’s top league: “If the poisoned climate continues, we will be forced to cancel the games as a last resort. suspend.”