February 11, 2020 / 12:23 PM / 11 days ago

Greece confirms visit of UEFA president and FIFA officials to help end soccer turmoil

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - UEFA Executive Committee Meeting - Nyon, Switzerland - December 4, 2019 UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin during the press conference REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

ATHENS (Reuters) - UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and FIFA vice president Greg Clarke are due in Athens on Feb. 25 to help Greece outline its action plan to overhaul soccer, a Greek government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Hobbled by dwindling attendances and the damaging effects of a debt crisis, Greek soccer has been beset by financial problems and frequent closed-door matches because of crowd violence.

Ceferin, the president of European soccer’s governing body, and Clarke are expected in Athens on Feb. 25 to sign a framework for the restructuring of the Greek soccer, government spokesman Stelios Petsas told a weekly news briefing.

State Minister George Gerapetritis met Ceferin and other officials in Geneva last week to discuss ways to crack down on match-fixing and soccer violence.

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also plans to meet Gianni Infantino, the president of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, this month, a government official said last week.

Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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