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Greek government backs down on football ban

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The new left-wing Greek Government has had to compromise in its negotiations with the European Union and now it has had to back down on a proposed indefinite ban on football in the Greek Super League.  Governing party Syriza is facing internal tensions over its deal with the EU and could not expend political capital stopping the country's favourite sport.  There will now be just a ban on this weekend's Super League Matches.

Violence is endemic in Greek football and trouble at a top match between Olympiakos and Panathinaikos was no surprise, but it was a boardroom brawl between club officials that tested the Government's patience.