Fans Riot During Greek Cup Match, Shoot Flares On Field
For Americans, hearing about soccer riots abroad is our sports version of Game of Thrones. There are so many battles going on, and we really don’t always know who to root for. We just kinda wish everyone would just get along. (Now that the evil child king is dead – GoT, not in real life.)
Wednesday night, Olympiacos and PAOK, two rival Greek teams, met in a semifinal match in the Greek Cup.
The gist of this soccer riot is that one team (PAOK, in this case) didn’t get a call on a clear penalty against their midfielder, after an obvious takedown from the Olympiacos goalkeeper. Players, coaches and fans protested with fervor – and then Mak was handed a red card and ejected from the game.
Scenes from dying minutes of today's PAOK-Olympiakos match, which was abandoned due to a pitch invasion. https://t.co/IUg31iPNAq
— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) March 2, 2016
It was at this point that the place went all “Harlem Shake” on the stadium, throwing everything they had onto the stadium’s playing field (pitch, for you yanks), including toilet paper and flares. (Where are these flares coming from? My guess is they are actually projectiles on fire, not necessarily flares.)
In the end, PAOK finally decided to withdraw from the tournament completely, forfeiting the match in Athens.
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