Greek government seeks to avert north-south feud

Fearing reactions in northern Greece that would divide the country between north and south, the government on Tuesday announced an amendment that would ensure that northern clubs PAOK Thessaloniki and Xanthi are not relegated due to a breach of Super League rules which forbids two clubs from having common ownership.

The Professional Sports Commission ruled on Monday that the two clubs are in violation of Super League rules by having the same owner and recommended their relegation, drawing the ire of thousands of fans of the two northern Greek clubs.

"After a decision by the prime minister, a legislative initiative is immediately being undertaken so that the debilitating penalties are not imposed regarding matters such as the one the Professional Sports Commission ruled on," said government spokesman Stelios Petsas, referring to the decision by the government, which...

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