Referee strike over `murderous attack` threatens Greek Super League

Referee strike over `murderous attack` threatens Greek Super League

The Greek football federation Friday announced that it will not appoint referees for professional matches in protest at "a murderous attack" against a top ranking official.

The federation was to nominate referees for the Super League and the second division Football League on Monday for next weekend matches but instead called for "immediate action to protect those involved, in any capacity, in Greek football."

An extraordinary meeting of the federation board of directors decided unanimously to take the action after Friday`s attack by two unknown people on vice president of the federation`s Central Committee of Referees, Christoforos Zografou, outside his home.

The decision most likely means the postponement of matches in the top two divisions for the coming weekend.

Zografou sustained injuries to his head and arms from the attack and was taken to an Athens hospital where he was admitted in serious condition.

This was the third attack against a referee in the last two years in the country.