Panathinaikos v Olympiakos abandoned amid violence and tear gas

first_imgTopics Lionel Messi’s spectacular hat-trick prompts Betis fans to chant his name Share on Facebook The derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos was abandoned on Sunday after Panathinaikos fans clashed with police in Athens outside their Olympic Stadium and attempted to attack the Olympiakos bench.With teargas heavily used as police tried to get back control, the referee Marco Fritz of Germany stopped play after 70 minutes. He called off the game for good half an hour later with Olympiakos leading 1-0, saying the stadium had not been made sufficiently safe with lingering teargas forcing Panathinaikos fans close to the field. Panathinaikos Share via Email Olympiakos European club football Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share on Messenger Most of the Panathinaikos 25,000 fans who attended the game had already left the stadium, affected by the teargas. Visiting fans are not allowed at Greek league games for fear of violence.The match was first interrupted in the sixth minute, when about 30 Panathinaikos fans, some masked, entered the field and attacked the Olympiakos bench before police intervened. The fans targeted the Olympiakos spokesman Costas Karapapas, who defended himself by pushing back.No arrests were made, and no serious injuries reported, but Olympiakos claimed at least one fan was carrying a knife. The referee added 13 minutes to first-half play. A fan also tried to attack Karapapas at half-time, jumping out of the stands, but was restrained.Fans attacked police outside the stadium soon after Olympiakos’ Miguel Ángel Guerrero scored in the 53rd minute. They used firebombs and police replied with teargas, whose fumes soon spread inside the stadium and on to the field. This caused fans inside to start shifting seats, with some spilling on to the track around the pitch. At this point the referee interrupted the game for the second and final time.Some fans who had clashed earlier with police were seen coming in and out of the stadium without hindrance, and were jeered by the majority of Panathinaikos supporters.Panathinaikos, seventh in the league with five rounds to go, face a possible points deduction, with Olympiakos set to be awarded a 3-0 win.Panathinaikos released a statement condemning the violence and blaming it on a “handful of disrespectful fans”. It also contended that the referee failed to request the evacuation of the stadium and did not wait long enough before deciding to abandon the game.This was the latest hostile episode between Greece’s two largest clubs, which has always existed and crosses sports but appears to have escalated lately. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Twitter Read morelast_img read more


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