Greek Soccer Yields to FIFA Demand

first_imgATHENS – After lots of big talk, Greek officials have bowed to FIFA demands to restore the country’s soccer tourney or risk an international ban.FIFA representative Costakis Koutsokoumnis – under fire in his home of Cyprus for wearing a Turkish uniform in a friendly match and agreeing to call his country South Cyprus as Turkey demands – made the announcement.Koutsokoumnis spoke after Greek Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis, who stopped the tournament because of violence and had defied FIFA, and Greek FA President Giorgos Girtzikis ducked the media.“We have reached an agreement, there is a commitment to begin the Greek Cup again,” Koutsokoumnis said.“The matches may be held outside Athens, perhaps without spectators or perhaps with only school children in the stands. This will be decided upon by Friday between Mr. Kontonis and the FA,” Koutsokoumnis said, Agence France Presse said.There is also talk that foreign referees may be called in for the two semi-final matches and the final which remain to be played. There was no discussion about what would happen if violence in Greek soccer, a tradition, continues.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more