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Greece approves amended sports law after UEFA objections

May 7, 2015

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has adopted an amended version of a new sports law aimed at fighting soccer violence and match-fixing, after initial objections from UEFA which threatened to suspend Greece from international competition.

The deputy minister for sport, Stavros Kontonis, says he made “the necessary compromises that do not affect the core of the law.”

Kontonis earlier consulted with UEFA officials over parts of the law that they said interfered with the independence of the sport’s administration.

Under the legislation voted in Parliament on Thursday, teams face fines of 25,000 euros to 5 million euros ($28,000 to $5.65 million).

Greece’s top league has been suspended three times this season because of crowd violence and an attack on a senior referee, and a high-level judicial investigation is probing alleged corruption in football.

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