PAOK-president Ivan Savvidis, who Sunday night with a gun in his holster the field came up during the league game against AEK Athens, two days later, sorry said for his role in the riots in the Toumbastadion.
“I want to apologize to all the fans of PAOK, all the Greek fans and the global world of football,” said the 58-year-old Savvidis Tuesday in a statement on the website of PAOK Saloniki.
“What happened is I am so sorry. I was clearly not the right way of the field. My only goal was to have the tens of thousands of PAOK supporters to protect. Believe me, I did not want to interfere with the opponent or the referee. And I’ve certainly nobody is threatened.”
The wealthy Savvidis, in addition to chairman also owner of PAOK, stormed Sunday evening the field after referee Georgios Kominis in the 89th minute of the game leading AEK to score a goal from Fernando Varela of home team PAOK had disapproved because of offside.
Savvidis, who was born in Georgia and a former member of the Russian parliament, was in the company of a few bodyguards. It was clear to see that he is a gun at him. He pulled out the weapon, not the holster.