Saturday’s “Derby of the Eternal Enemies” was doomed before kick off.
The Greek Superleague’s fixture between Panathinaikos F.C. and Olympiacos F.C., Greece’s most fierce athletic rivalry, was marred by clashes between Panathinakos supporters and riot police, around as well as inside Panathinaikos’s Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, which ultimately led to the game being postponed.
A flare thrown by Panathinaikos’s supportes hit Olympiacos player Alfred Finnbogason while he was warming up. Finnbogason was not injured, but the match officials decided over two hours after the incident that the game should be postponed.
While the officials were deliberating on their decision, riot police fought with Panathinaikos supporters inside the stadium, spot24.gr reports.
Following the announcement that the game would be cancelled, a group of Panathinaikos supporters moved from the stands onto the field, while others through flares on the field, where riot police had been positioned.
Earlier in the afternoon, before the teams had even taken the field to warm up, supporters clashed with riot police, to whom they reportedly threw rocks and flares.
As of right now the stadium has been emptied but clashes between Panathinaikos’s organized supporters and riot police continue.
Panathinaikos president offer to resing
Panathinaikos president Giannis Alafouzos will offer his resignation after violence marred his club’s home clash against rivals Olympiacos.
Panathinaikos president Giannis Alafouzos intends to offer his resignation following the crowd violence surrounding the club’s Greek Super League match with rivals Olympiacos.
Saturday’s Greek derby was abandoned prior to kick-off due to Panathinaikos fans clashing with police at Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium, while Olympiacos players were pelted with missiles as they came out for their warm-up in Athens.
Alafouzos has held the role of president since September 2012 after the club went through four different presidents in the space of two years.