AEK Athens take Greek title after PAOK lose appeal
By Richard Cooke
Last Updated: 23/04/18 4:51pm
AEK Athens are Greek champions after PAOK lost an appeal over a points deduction which came after their president stormed onto the pitch with a gun on his belt.
Ivan Savvidis, who was banned on March 29 for three years and fined 100,000 euros (£87,560) following the incident at the end of a game with AEK, was upset that the referee had denied his team a last-minute goal.
PAOK were fined 63,000 euros (£55,150) while the points deduction meant they dropped to third place in a tight championship race with AEK and Olympiakos.
The Greek league was suspended on March 12 in the wake of the Savvidis incident but resumed at the end of last month.
AEK beat Livadiakos 2-0 on Sunday to move eight points clear of PAOK with two matches remaining, giving AEK its first title in 24 years.
The Greek Football Federation's appeals committee dismissed PAOK's bid to try to get the three points restored to keep them in the title race.
PAOK are now in a battle with Olympiakos for second place and a Champions League qualifier place.