Greece league suspended after financial issues

Graz's players react after their Europa League Group L soccer match between SK Sturm Graz and AEK Athens. (Kerstin Joensson/AP)

ATHENS — Organizers of Greece’s second-tier football league say the new season due to start on Sept. 27-28 has been postponed indefinitely due to the serious financial problems facing its clubs.

The 26-team Football League announced Wednesday that it had requested meetings with the country’s political leaders to try and reach a financial settlement, and that a five-member negotiating committee had been appointed.

Professional sport in Greece has been hit hard by the country’s financial crisis.

Divided into northern and southern divisions, the Football League includes popular clubs such as AEK Athens, Larissa and Iraklis.

There was no immediate reaction from the government.

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