Greek-Croatian Junior Water Polo Teams Embroiled in Underwater Fight [video]



2006 FINA World League Semi-finals LOS ALAMITOS, CA - JULY 20: Arnaud Jablonski #3 of France pushes off the defender from Australia to try to get a foul and the ball during the 2006 Men's FINA World League Semi-Finals on July 20, 2006 at the Los Alamitos Training Facility in Los Alamitos, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

A friendly water polo match between young Greek and Croatian players turned violent on Sunday. The finals took place in Belgrade between the two countries’ national junior teams. In the middle of the final eight minutes, a Croat hit Greek player, Nikos Gardikos causing mayhem to break loose. The blow struck by the Croatian was the last in a series of underwater kicks and hits initiated by the Croatians on Greek team players.

After players became embroiled in an underwater fistfight the match was terminated with Croatia ahead in the score with 11-9.