Tuesday April 28, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Greek soccer turns fishier than ever

By George Georgakopoulos

Soccer in Greece reached new lows in scenes unseen since the national team’s triumph in Euro 2004, as PAOK and Olympiakos served up a cup semifinal with PAOK emerging as the winner and the sport as the loser. The fact that the Thessaloniki club will play in the final, against Panathinaikos, pales in significance against what happened on Wednesday at Toumba.

PAOK won 1-0 to overturn its 2-1 deficit from the first leg in Piraeus thanks to a goal by Stefanos Athanasiadis two minutes into the second half. But that is not even half of the story.

The match started one hour and 15 minutes after its scheduled kick-off time as fans had created a smog with their flares and in the ensuing havoc somebody filled the Olympiakos bench with fresh fish! A flare also burnt a hole on the bench.

Olympiakos withdrew to the locker rooms and the referee refused to start the game unless the fish was cleared off the Olympiakos bench, and then demanded that the two teams swapped benches.

When the game started a PAOK fan threw a banana at Olympiakos’s Brazilian player Leandro Salino, and he threw it back at the stands.

The two teams ended the game with 10 men each due to the red cards shown to PAOK's Bibras Natkho and Olympiakos's Yiannis Maniatis, with the referee blowing his whistle after 15 minutes of injury time, as every now and then players started fighting with each other throughout the second half.

After the final whistle, home fans stormed in to attack the Olympiakos players on the way to the locker room, with Maniatis and Nelson Valdez getting hit according to Olympiakos.

PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis stated after the game that he had called his Olympiakos counterpart, Vangelis Marinakis, and told him that if Olympiakos would not come out to play, he would withdraw PAOK from the Super League.

Later in the night Olympiakos issued a statement against PAOK and the federation, but also against Panathinaikos owner Yiannis Alafouzos, Skai television and OTE TV…

In a much more civilized game earlier on Wednesday, Panathinaikos overcame OFI Crete in the other semifinal in Athens, needing extra time to win 3-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.

Goals by Mehdi Abeid in the first half and two goals by Marcus Berg in extra time gave Panathinaikos its first ticket to a Cup final since 2010.

The final between PAOK and Panathinaikos will take place at the Olympic Stadium of Athens on Saturday, April 26.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday April 17, 2014 (01:36)  
Rethymno defeats in-form AEK on Crete
Panathinaikos beats Xanthi to rise to second
Olympiakos wins Euro crown in women´s water polo
Rival soccer fan clashes leave man stabbed
Eurogroup´s Dijsselbloem says Greece will not make it without aid
The head of the Eurogroup said on Tuesday that a recent shakeup of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ negotiating team would not by itself resolve the impasse between Greece and its credit...
Greek, Turkish Cypriot leaders to kick start peace talks
Greek Cypriots unveiled measures on Tuesday to boost trust across the ethnically divided island, and announced that rival leaders would hold their first meeting in months on May 2. Peace tal...
Inside News
Discreet Tsakalotos tapped to salvage troubled Greek loan talks
Running out of time and money, Greeces hard-left government has reshuffled its EU-IMF negotiating team and given a key role to a Dutch-born moderate economist less likely to irritate the cou...
Greece to offer taxpayers a deal to get money back home
Greece is to allow money held abroad by its taxpayers to be declared without penalty and taxed at a discount rate, a move to help overcome a cash crunch threatening the country with bankrupt...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
It is so exhausting and unpleasant for average Greek citizens to keep hearing for weeks now that the country’s cash reserves will run out in two months, one month, next week, and especially ...
EDITORIAL
Better late than never
Three precious months were lost in the government’s negotiations with the country’s international partners and creditors, as some of its officials wasted time on their own self-promotion, ha...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Eurogroup´s Dijsselbloem says Greece will not make it without aid
2. Greek, Turkish Cypriot leaders to kick start peace talks
3. Discreet Tsakalotos tapped to salvage troubled Greek loan talks
4. Greece to offer taxpayers a deal to get money back home
5. EU lawmakers demand migrant burden be shared
6. Dijsselbloem says Greece will not make it without aid
more news
Today
This Week
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2. Creditors to demand extra measures of 3 bln euros
3. Plan on the cards for flat VAT rate of 18 pct
4. Greek PM says people may have to rule on creditor deal [Update]
5. Greek PM says initial deal in bailout talks 'very close'
6. No trolley buses from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Today
This Week
1. Greek government's popularity takes a hit as talks drag on
2. Denialism
3. Europe's collision course with Greece
4. It's up to the Greek government to ensure deal with lenders, says ECB's Coeure
5. Leaving the past in the past
6. Greece’s day of reckoning inches closer as debt payments loom
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.