Greece suspends football competitions after suspected arson attack

The decision was announced by the EPO's temporary administrative board following a fire in the Halkidiki area of northern Greece.

By: AP | Athens | Updated: November 9, 2016 8:24 pm
football-m Neither Giorgos Bikas nor any of his family were at the property, which suffered major damage. REUTERS

The Greek soccer federation has indefinitely suspended all league games after a suspected arson attack damaged a referee’s home.

A federation statement says the cause of Wednesday’s blaze at Giorgos Bikas’ empty holiday home was “suspicious.” It says the federation will take further action once the fire department issues an official report.

Last week, Bikas had said that another senior referee was threatened outside his house by unknown men.

Greek soccer has been plagued for years by persistent fan violence and allegations of corruption and match-fixing.

The government briefly delayed the start of the top division in September, arguing that a festering squabble involving the federation, league organizers and clubs posed serious security concerns.