Greek Cup Final to be Played Behind Closed Doors

Athens’ Olympic Stadium will remain empty for Saturday’s final

The Greek government announced on Monday that supporters of football clubs PAOK and AEK will not be allowed to attend the Cup final scheduled for Saturday, May 11, citing security concerns.

Deputy Minister for Sports Giorgos Vassiliadis acknowledged in a statement that the authorities are unable to ensure the security of the final, citing recent tension between hardcore fans of the two clubs.

The unusual decision follows violent clashes between PAOK and AEK hooligans in the two previous finals of the Cup, in Volos in 2017 and at the Olympic Stadium itself in 2018.

There will only be several hundred invitations forwarded to each club – reports speak of as many as 500 each – and another set given to the Hellenic Football Federation for its own commitments. Up to 1,500 people are expected to watch the final from the stands.