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Conference League final: Massive security operation in Athens

Greek police has already launched a massive security operation in Athens due to Europe Conference League final on Wednesday, when Olympiakos FC  will play against Fiorentina FC.

More than 3,000 police officers will be on duty for the game, with the AEK Arena in Nea Philadelphia suburb surrounded by security measures that will halt traffic, close local schools and even ban food deliveries north of the Greek capital.

thorough security checks in the AEK Arena have been concluded on Monday. media reported.

Greek Police issued a statement with the upcoming traffic restrictions in several areas and in effect May 27-30, 2024. Details here in Greek.

There could still be some celebration on the streets if Olympiakos delivers the trophy.

Despite a disappointing domestic season, Olympiakos has the momentum in the third-tier European competition after knocking out Fenerbahce and Aston Villa in the previous rounds.

Greece’s government decided on the heavy policing measures for the final following a domestic shake-up. Top-flight soccer venues in Greece were closed for two months earlier this season as electronic ticketing and other new security measures were introduced, the associated press reported.

The Greek Cup Final was held without fans this past weekend due to concerns about potential violence. The game still came to a chaotic end after Panathinaikos beat Aris 1-0 with an injury time goal, as police had to intervene to shield French referee Stephanie Frappart as she was escorted off the field while being confronted by Aris players and club officials.

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