Recently Kontonis met UEFA President, Michel Platini in Switzerland where they hold talks over the problems Greek football is facing. “We had a constructive meeting in Geneva. We discussed thoroughly the measures that have to be taken regarding violence and corruption in football. We've got some differences. In Greece the government is responsible over sports and we don't want to change that. That's why we have set up some groups which will present some possible solutions in the near future,” Kontonis said.
Moreover the Greek Sports Minister did not rule out a potential ban of the Greek clubs from the European competitions. “We are determined to tackle the serious problems of the past. A potential ban of the Greek clubs from Europe could be a measure. We've discussed it with UEFA as well. But this is not necessarily the first option. UEFA, FIFA and the Greek FA will meet each other again until the end of April for further talks over the issue,” Kontonis quoted.
As for the new immediate measures the Greek government is ready to take, Kontonis added: “The electronic ticket will be activated from the start of the new season. The Greek government has spent 13 million euros on that but it has not been set up. This is an important step against violence and corruption. But we need also heavier bans against hooligans. I'm confident that we will manage to tackle corruption. All we want is a Greek football free of corruption and scandals.”