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Police bans Police bans public gatherings in central Athens, over football violence concerns

Greek Police has banned any public outdoor gathering as of 21:00 on Friday (May 21) to 06:00 on Sunday (May 23) in central Athens, particularly around Omonia Square and Patission and Akadimias Streets, over concerns of football fan violence after a final Greek Cup match.

“This particular ban is imposed due to the serious threat to public security and the threat to serious disruption of social and economic activity in Athens, ahead of the final Greek Cup football match between Olympiacos and PAOK at the Olympic Stadium of Athens (OAKA), which is taking place on Saturday, May 22, at 21:00 (behind closed doors), and of the arrival of nearly two hundred fans of PAOK from Thessaloniki and their gathering on Menandrou 58 Street in Athens (at the PAOK Sports Association),” the notice said.

Police said they were also concerned that fans of other football clubs of Athens planned to collect in Athens, which could lead to serious incidents.

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