Panathinaikos FC Athens players won the Greek Cup after beating PAOK Thessaloniki 1-0.
Panathinaikos FC Athens players won the Greek Cup after beating PAOK Thessaloniki 1-0. However, the final match in the capital was overshadowed by the riots in which the fans of both teams took part.
Already before the first whistle of the referee, the fans of both teams set off several fireworks, and there were also clashes between them, stones and other things broke out. In order to avoid mutual attacks on the capacity of 70 thousand. Only 43,000 fans were sold out of the Olympic stadium. tickets. The police used tear gas to calm the assailants.
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Due to fog causing breathing difficulties for players, coaches and fans, the match started with a 40-minute delay.
After the only goal in the 35th minute, its author – Spaniard Aitor Cantalapedra – was hit in the shoulder with a piece of cement, as evidenced by the TV rebroadcast from the sector occupied by PAOK fans. The match was suspended by Spanish referee Antonio Mateo Lahoz for 35 minutes and ended late at night local time.
Clashes also took place between supporters of the two teams and the police outside the stadium.
Panathinaikos won the Greek Cup for the 19th time, but for the first time since 2014.
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