ATHENS — A retired FIFA referee in charge of appointing match officials in Greece has suspended his duties after his assistant was injured in a street attack that triggered the indefinite suspension of the country’s football leagues.
The Greek Football Association says Hugh Dallas will limit his duties to referee training following a Nov. 14 attack on referee Christoforos Zografos, who was severely beaten with wooden clubs.
The 57-year-old Dallas was appointed earlier this year to oversee refereeing in an effort to combat perceived corruption in the sport.
The Greek federation is planning an emergency board meeting Nov. 19 to consider its domestic suspension, as well as the formal replacement of national team coach Claudio Ranieri, who was suspended after Greece lost to the Faeroe Islands last week.
A prosecutor who deals with sporting issues has called the chairmen of two of Greece’s biggest soccer clubs as well as the head of the country’s soccer federation to answer questions relating to an assault on a referee last week, Kathimerini said.
Prosecutor Constantinos Simitzoglou has asked Olympiakos President Vangelis Marinakis, AEK chairman Dimitris Melissanidis and Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) chief Giorgos Sarris to provide more information on the attack suffered by Zografos, who is also the Vice President of EPO’s refereeing committee.
Zografos was attacked with an iron bar after receiving threats on his phone. According to reports, Marinakis alleged during a meeting of soccer chiefs that Melissanidis ordered the assault. The AEK head denies any involvement.
Sarris claimed in an interview with state broadcaster NERIT over the weekend that the head of the refereeing committee, Dallas, told him he has also been threatened. Sarris said he had not alerted authorities as Dallas did not give him any more details.
(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)