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Irish Football Association on alert as Uefa chief threatens Greece with ban

The Irish Football Association will be keeping a close eye on developments after Uefa's general secretary Gianni Infantino warned that there will be no choice but to suspend Greece from international football unless the country's government rescinds proposed new laws.

Greece are rooted to the bottom of Euro 2016 qualifying in Group F with only two points from five matches while Michael O'Neill's side lie in second with 12 points.

Northern Ireland are scheduled to take on Greece at Windsor Park in October, a year on from their 2-0 win in Piraeus.

The Greek government has put forward a bill which could see sporting events cancelled due to incidents of crowd violence and teams prohibited from playing in European competition. Uefa and Fifa say that is direct government interference and have threatened to suspend Greece.

Infantino said: "Sadly there will be no other choice than to suspend the Greek Football Federation if this new legislation is passed because football does not allow government interference.

"There are currently three other countries, outside of Europe, which are currently facing similar issues - Indonesia, Pakistan and Zimbabwe. People in Greece should be very concerned."

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