Cup Final Halted Due to Crowd Violence (video)

Cup Final Halted Due to Crowd Violence (video)

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Greek Cup Final1The Cup final between arch rivals Olympiakos Piraeus and Panathinaikos was stopped on Sunday after a player was hit with a flare and fans invaded the court as the showpiece descended into farce.
Olympiakos’ American centre Kyle Hines was struck on the back with a flare in the warm-up at the neutral Elliniko Indoor Court venue with a restricted crowd of just 1,800 supporters.
Hines was not seriously injured, however, and was able to start the match.
But with Panathinaikos 26-17 ahead 13 minutes into the Athens derby encounter, the match referee ordered the players off the court after fans proceeded to fire flares at each other and rip up seats before spilling on to the court to fight running battles with each other and police.

After a 30-minute delay while authorities got the situation under control, organizers announced that the stadium would be completely cleared out and that the match would continue in front of Hellenic Basketball Federation (ESAKE) officials, club officials, journalists and security staff.
At 20:00 local time both teams reappeared to begin their warm-up for the game to restart, 55 minutes after they were ordered into the dressing rooms.
(source: Reuters, Eurosport)

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  • leventi

    The country has descended into chaos. It’s time for the respectable citizens who are left there to evacuate. Can the last one out please turn off the lights?

    This article has just about done it for me. Greece is no longer worth reading about,  and commenting about any more.

  • George

    Is there anyone, with any morals and decency left?? 

  • George Coshall

    People like you are the problem, giving up your own country just because it’s in trouble, coward.

  • Eleni

    How ridicilous this crisis is handled one can see in the fact that shitty sports is still going on. If all pro sportlers would be sold to some sheiks all debts were gone. But on the other hand it’s still amusing to see jerks hailing millionaires.