Super League clubs promise to combat violence, again

The Super League clubs agreed on Monday to a blueprint of proposals for combatting violence in soccer grounds and will present it to Deputy Minister Stavros Kontonis to ask for the top flight to return to action this weekend after a one-week suspension.

Measures proposed will include a total ban on away fans, stricter penalties for riots, greater authority to referees and stewards, and improved policing of fans outside and inside the stadiums, according to statements by Super League president Giorgos Borovilos.

He added that the application of advanced technology such as the electronic tickets will be necessary for all clubs from next season, as the government has demanded.

Monday’s meeting was particularly peaceful, a far cry from the violent scenes described after last week Super League board meeting that ended up in punches and water glasses thrown.

Both Olympiakos president Vangelis Marinakis and his Panathinaikos opposite number Yiannis Alafouzos said that the country’s two main clubs will sort out their differences in court, not within the Super League.

Kontonis is set to give his verdict on Wednesday over whether the Super League resumes on Saturday.

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