Potami party leader Stavros Theodorakis during talks today with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was supposed to discuss national issues, such as the escalation of Turkish hostilities and the Macedonian naming issue, but they saved that for the private meeting and during on camera remarks, decried the recent disturbing events in Greek football dominated.
Theodorakis stressed the need for a strict framework of rules and regulations, just one day after PAOK F.C. owner Ivan Savvidis entered the field with a gun strapped to his waste and lunged towards the referee, after a last-minute goal was dismissed as offside.
The Super League was suspended indefinitely as a result, the government announced.
Political match in the making?
The meeting with Theodorakis has kindled great interest among political analysts, as it has fueled speculation of a collaboration of some sort between ruling Syriza and the small centre-right party.
Tsipras’ cooperation with coalition partner Panos Kammenos, leader of the right- wing Independent Greeks party, has reached a low point after Kammenos’ decision to buck Syriza’s position on the FYROM naming issue (a composite name including the word Macedonia), and Kammenos’ repeated, defiant and forceful remarks regarding Greek-Turkish relations.
Regarding the football crisis, Theodorakis adopted a hard line, calling for stricter laws and regulations and declaring that, “If heads do not roll, we shall continually submit to such behaviours, to these people.”
The ‘Gordian Knot’ of football
“We must decide to cut the Gordian Knot, and we must all, together, agree to ignore the political cost,” the PM said regarding the intractable problem. “Every time you try to impose tough rules, someone complains that they are being treated unjustly. This is a matter of political will, and I am determined to ply forward.
Theodorakis responded with a barb. “If the state cannot impose rules on football, then why would it be able to impose rules in the economy?”