Clubs present blueprint in bid to persuade government to overturn ban.
Greece’s top flight clubs will present a blueprint for combating hooliganism to deputy sports minister Stavros Kontonis and ask for the season to resume after a one-week ban following crowd trouble at the Athens derby.
Super League president Giorgos Borovilos said some of the proposals included a total ban on away fans until the end of the season, stricter penalties for violent supporters, greater power for referees and stewards, and improved policing.
He added that the introduction of electronic tickets will also be necessary for all clubs from next season as requested by the government.
Panathinaikos’s 2-1 derby win over Olympiakos last month ended with a pitch invasion after flares were thrown onto the field, one of which hit the Olympiakos midfielder Pajtim Kasami on the arm
Two days later by a Super League board meeting culminated in a brawl between officials leading to the suspension of matches by Greece’s recently-elected government.
It was the third time this season that professional football in Greece had been shut down.
Kontonis is set to give his verdict on Wednesday over whether the Super League can resume on Saturday.
“We unanimously decided to ask the minister to continue the championship, showing that football with violence is not wanted by anyone,” Borovilos was quoted as saying by local media.
“The immediate response to violence is commitment. But do not expect everything to change with a magic button. It needs work.”