A government official from the Greek Super League has confirmed the top division has been suspended indefinitely because of incessant crowd violence at matches.

The decision was taken on Wednesday at meetings between sports officials and the country’s new left-wing government.

Stavros Kontonis, the deputy minister for sport in Greece’s new left-wing government, previously told private Skai television that the league would not start next season unless all 18 clubs introduce smart-card ticketing and security camera systems at matches.

The action followed weekend violence at a league match between rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, and a brawl between club officials on Tuesday at a board meeting of league organizers.

The Greek league has already been suspended twice this season because of football-related violence.


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