8 Apr 2009

Fifa investigates use of lasers at Greek game

7:04 am on 8 April 2009

Football's world governing body FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Greece over allegations their fans tried to distract Israel goalkeeper Dudu Aouate with laser beams during last week's World Cup qualifier.

Greece won the match 2-1 in Heraklion thanks to a second-half penalty by Giorgios Samaras.

FIFA says it's probing reports that local fans aimed the infra-red beams at Aouate as he was preparing to face the penalty which kept Greece top of Group Two and damaged Israel's chances of qualification.

The FIFA spokesman said Greece were warned in October after laser beams were used by their fans during their qualifier against Switzerland.

If found guilty a second time, Greece will most likely face stiffer punishment by FIFA, the spokesman said, which could be a hefty fine, deduction of points or having to play future games behind closed doors.