Greek Football Fans Storm State TV in Protest

Dozens of PAOK supporters have stormed the TV studios of state broadcaster ERT 3 in Thessaloniki and forced a sportscaster to read a five-minute protest message on the air.

The fans were protesting at a decision by a sports court to deduct three points from the team over last month’s clash with Olympiacos which was postponed when visiting coach Oscar Garcia was hit by an object thrown from the stands.

The Feb. 25 match was awarded 3-0 in favor of Olympiacos while PAOK were fined €30,000 ($37,000) and must play their next two home matches behind closed doors, including one against league leaders and title rivals AEK.

“The administration of ERT condemns in the most categorical manner the invasion of fans of a football team in the ERT 3 studios during live broadcast,” an announcement from the station read.

The station said the action stopped the normal flow of the program “in a deeply undemocratic act which is in no way compliant with the sporting spirit”.

In the announcement, the PAOK supporters said the decision by the Super League “was the biggest sporting scandal of all-time”.

They called on all PAOK supporters to take part in a protest rally on Thursday in the center of Thessaloniki as well as a march on Sunday before the scheduled home match with AEK.


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