Fans clash with police Greek Cup
ATHENS – Fans clash with police before Greece Cup final. Fans of Panathinaikos and PAOK, finalists for the Greek Cup, threw flares and clashed with police inside the Olympic Stadium before the match on Saturday, delaying kick-off.
Violence erupted an hour before the match was scheduled to start as spectators began arriving at the stadium.
Panathinaikos and PAOK fans tried to enter the empty seating area separating the fans, and riot police responded with tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Greek football has been plagued by violence both on and off the field and the authorities have repeatedly promised to clean up the game.
Fights between football fans are frequent before or after a match, and it is not uncommon for a match to be disrupted by crowd trouble or an invasion of the stadium, despite heavy fines.
The government has tightened rules to combat violence at sporting events after the killing of a 19-year-old soccer fan this year in what is believed to be an attack by rival supporters.