Dep. Culture and Tourism Minister on reforms in professional football

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister George Nikitiadis on Friday warned that “the state will not refrain from using additional tools in the effort to reform professional football,” if these proved necessary, in the wake of a match-fixing scandal and revelations of corruption riddling Greek professional football leagues.
Speaking to state-run NET radio, Nikitiadis said that self-regulation of professional football could be among the measures adopted, adding that UEFA and the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) also try to put things in order.
“At this point, we believe that self-regulation will benefit Greek professional football,” he said.  
As regards the football clubs that will not adhere to the law and will not contribute to the efforts against violence in sports, Nikitiadis warned that “state financing will stop for anyone who does not realize that not a single firecracker will be allowed in football stadiums.”

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