Another Greek Tradegy: Violence at the OFI Crete-Panathinaikos Match

Ronaldo Assis de Moreira Analyst IIDecember 22, 2008

Greece has been suffering from a wave of violent incidents in the past few weeks ever since police shot a teenager, that sparked violent demonstrations throughout the country.

And yesterday the violence spilled over into the world off football as ugly scenes marred Panathinaikos’ visit to OFI Crete, which the match having to be suspended for 10 minutes as order was restored.

There was trouble both inside and outside the stadium. Pana fans was captured on camera ripping up chairs and hurling them at the riot police, while other missiles including fireworks and flares were also thrown as chaos broke out.

For their part, the riot police responded by wielding their batons and firing off tear gas, which forced the match temporarily stopped as players and coaching staff were ordered back into their respective dressing rooms.

Every week there seems to be another outbreak of violence, and sadly this week was no exception.

See footage of the violence here.

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