Greek Football Fans Clash with Riot Police in Piraeus



Greek riot police used tear gas on Wednesday to disperse hundreds of football fans who had gathered to protest the state’s handling of crisis-hit Greek soccer.

Angry Olympiacos supporters gathered outside a conference center where Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos was due to give a speech at a SYRIZA party conference.

As the violence escalated, organizers moved the conference to a different venue.

Some Olympiacos fans believe the SYRIZA-led government is hostile to the Piraeus club and that it favors their rivals from Thessaloniki, PAOK.

They are angry that three points were deducted from their team following disturbances at  the Karaiskakis stadium a few months ago.

Greek football has been in turmoil for weeks, with crowd violence, rows over docked points and threats against officials forcing the government to suspend league and cup competitions.

The Greek Super League on Tuesday posted its confirmed fixtures list for the 26th and 27th games of its ill-fated 2017/2018 season.

Greek football’s crisis deepened when PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis was photographed entering the pitch with a firearm during a fraught top-of-the-table clash against AEK.

PAOK had a three-point deduction for crowd trouble overturned on appeal just hours before the potential title-deciding clash with AEK. Fans also rioted in Thessaloniki on Sunday before that game.