Greek referee Giorgos Kominis, who led a suspicious match in his country in 2018 in which a club owner stormed the field with a gun, admitted that he allowed a goal that changed the outcome of the match out of fear for his family.
Yesterday, Saturday, Cominis told the Betadress website that he “felt sick” when people outside the changing room threatened his pregnant wife, while the police stood idly by.
In one of the most controversial matches in the history of the Greek Football League between PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK Athens, Ivan Savvidis, owner of PAOK, stormed the field to confront the referee in protest against canceling his team’s goal in the 90th minute.
In response to a question about whether he changed the result in the match between PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK Athens, in which the winning goal was initially disallowed due to offside, out of fear for his family, Kominis replied, “Exactly.”
“This match has haunted my career,” Cominis said.
He continued, “I lived in fear. People used to follow my wife to the supermarket when she was eight months pregnant, and I never told anyone before.”
Kominis said that the assistant referee told him, “Literally, the goal was offside, (but) who can cancel the goal here?”, referring to PAOK’s home fans.
PAOK owner Savvidis was initially given a 25-month suspended prison sentence over the incident.
Last May, the Court of Appeal reduced his suspended sentence to eight months, while Cominis was expelled from the list of referees two years after the incident.
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