Soccer

Greece avoids FIFA ban, reinstates Greek Cup

Greece's government says it will lift a suspension of the country's cup competition, under the threat of an international ban by FIFA.

Deputy sport minister initially called off cup due to fan violence

Deputy minister for sport Stavros Kontonis initially called off the Greek Cup due to fan violence. FIFA threatened to ban Greece from international competition unless the ban was reversed. (inTime Sports via Associated Press)

Greece's government says it will lift a suspension of the country's cup competition, under the threat of an international ban by FIFA.

Deputy minister for sport Stavros Kontonis called off the Greek Cup last month following violence at a semifinal between PAOK and league champion Olympiakos.

But he was given till Friday by FIFA to reverse the decision or face a competition ban.

Kontonis said on Wednesday the government would lift suspension on Friday after receiving assurances that the Greek Football Federation will reform its rules and governance.

The reforms, Kontonis said, would allow for a more effective investigation into alleged corruption in the sport.

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