Saturday’s Panathinaikos v Olympiakos derby called off after violence in Athens


olympiakos-alfreo-finnbogason-pajtim-kasami-arsenal_3357660 Olympiakos striker Alfred Finnbogason (L) was hurt by a flare when violence erupted before Panathinaikos derby

Saturday’s big game in Athens was called off after violence broke out between fans of Panathinaikos and Olympiakos.

Referee Andreas Pappas made the decision 30 minutes after the Super League match was due to start after taking into account the violence both inside and outside the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium.

Immediately after the decision was announced to the spectators, dozens of fans rushed onto the pitch and fought with riot-trained police.

Police used tear gas and fans threw flares onto the pitch, causing a choking atmosphere for the sold-out crowd of 23,000.
Many plastic seats were destroyed inside the stadium and thrown onto the field by unhappy fans, while a handful of small fires were also set off.

Police said at least five people were arrested and there were a number of injuries reported.


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