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Hooligansism Prevails Over Greek Soccer (Videos)

Hooliganism prevailed over soccer, and the so-called Derby between the “Eternal Enemies” Panathinaikos and Olympiakos was abandoned after fans set stadium seats on fire and hurled petrol bombs, plastic chairs and fire extinguishers at the pitch. The riot police fired tear gas as young fans without tickets tried to storm the OAKA stadium.

Video: Fans enter without tickets

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Police detained 57 people and arrested 23. Nine policemen were injured, two of them seriously, as they were heavily beaten by fans.

A group of about 200 hooded individuals were seated in a VIP section, next to the players’ tunnel. Some of them carried clubs and iron bars. They were confronted by a line of riot police on the other side of a trough, who they attacked at halftime.

At one stage, about 30 of the hooded hooligans isolated two policemen and attacked them with clubs and bars. The beating went on for about five minutes before another detachment of riot police came to their colleagues’ rescue.

In the second half, Panathinaikos fans set fire to seats in the upper and lower decks. Referee Tassos Kakos abandoned the game when firebombs were added to the mix of projectiles thrown at police and photographers.

The firebombs – which were also thrown at police outside the stadium – were water bottles filled with gasoline, liquid ammonia and little sticks of dynamite (SICNN)

No Olympiakos fans attended the game at Olympic Stadium in accordance with a league policy not to allow visiting fans due to fears of violence.

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According to league rules, Panathinaikos is facing having three points deducted and a steep fine, up to 180,000 euro, and could play several games in front of empty stands. Up to two points could also be deducted from the following season

Video: outside OAKA stadium

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More than 1,000 seats were damaged, the total damages in the stadium is estimated to be more million euros. Who will come up for the damages? The Greek tax-p(l)ayers, of course.

More pictures: The Sun

  

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4 comments

  1. Firebombs once again, only this time in the stadium, is this a mere coincidence? Isn’t it reasonable to conclude that the very same hooligans also take part in riots during strikes and protests? Imho those who sympathize with nowadays alleged “resistance fighters” (a quite different bunch than the brave guys who fought against real invaders) are seriously misguided. No empathy for thugs, zero tolerance for violence! Their terror only hurts Greece even more and gives serious protestors a bad reputation.

  2. Hear, hear!

  3. Dear friends,

    Please search more about police violence in Greece and then we can discuss.

    Politics,Police and Media are controlled by few people who destroy Greece!

    50.000 people who went to OAKA (18/3) shout against police and their actions outside and inside stadium.

    You have to see what really happens in Greece !!

    • iaourti iaourtaki

      Problem is also that people don’t want to see that elections won’t bring anything because too many new parties are not getting licences because the law for them was made harder in 2009/10. That’s the same madness like the “referendum” in that not the people but (foreign) politicians ask the question(s).
      The best results of information make more direct translations from Indymedia Athens; blogs will follow.
      Or may be this book about summer 2011 when 25% of the population were squatting the squares…
      “Democracy under Construction”:
      From the streets to the squares – Experience, analysis, documents
      Edited by Christos Giovanopoulos and Dimitris Mitropoulos
      A/synechia Publishing, December 2011, Athens, 352 pages
      language: Greek, including DVD
      ISBN: 978-960-6625-22-0