Greek Soccer Team Owner Storms Field With A Gun And Threatens Ref

Bryan Brandom
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Usually, when a dumbass in street clothes makes his or her way onto the field of play, it’s to take those clothes off. But those on the pitch for PAOK Thessaloniki’s Sunday matchup with AEK Athens in Greece’s premier soccer league were subject to a more terrifying surprise: PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis stormed the field armed with a gun.

The incident was sparked by an overturned PAOK goal in the 89th minute, ruled offside.

In protest of the controversial call, Savvidis, backed up by a pair of beefy bodyguards, came onto the pitch.

It’s hard to tell from the video, but Savvidis, a former member of the Russian parliament and a reported ally of Vladimir Putin, was packing.

The match was suspended with the game still scoreless. On Monday, league play was suspended altogether. AEK and PAOK sit first and third in the standings, respectively.

“We didn’t know if he had a gun, then we saw it,” AEK manager Manolo Jiménez told Spanish radio station Cadena SER, according to the Telegraph. “It could be seen that he was moving his hand towards his waist because he had a gun. … He threatened the referee right in front of me. According to my interpreter, he told him: ‘You’re finished as a referee.’ I’m stunned; I don’t understand it. It’s the type of thing you expect to see in a Clint Eastwood movie.”

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