Greek government suspend football after fan violence at Olympiakos vs Panathinaikos and a club boardroom brawl

Greece's new government has suspended the top three tiers of Greek football indefinitely for the third time this season

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Football in Greece has been suspended indefinitely after the government took action following fan violence during a match between fierce rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos.

The move also follows a brawl that occurred between club officials at a board meeting on Tuesday which saw the encounter abandoned.

A government official, who asked not to be named, informed the Associated Press that a decision has been taken to suspend the Super League as well as the next two highest tiers of Greek football.

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

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

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 ruling will not have an effect on Olympiakos' Europa League last-32 clash with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, which is due to be held at the Karaiskakis Stadium near Athens on Thursday with the Ukrainian side holding a 2-0 aggregate advantage.

Uefa confirmed to The Independent that the game "will go ahead as scheduled".

Additional reporting by AP