Soccer

FIFA could ban Greece from international soccer

FIFA says Greece is facing expulsion from international soccer over a government decision to suspend the country's cup competition because of fan violence.

Government's reaction to fan violence criticized

Greek Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis called off the Greek Cup in March due to fan violence. FIFA described the action as "disproportionate" and issued a 10-day deadline to reverse the decision. (InTime Sports via Associated Press)

FIFA says Greece is facing expulsion from international soccer over a government decision to suspend the country's cup competition because of fan violence.

Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis called off the Greek Cup last month following violence at a semifinal match between PAOK and league champion Olympiakos. PAOK fans threw flares and clashed with riot police on the field.

In a letter to Kontonis on Tuesday, FIFA described the action as "disproportionate and as interference in the internal affairs" of the Greek soccer association, and issued a 10-day deadline to reverse the decision.

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