Aris FC pays tribute to slain fan

Aris FC pays tribute to slain fan

Fans of Thessaloniki side Aris hoisted banners paying tribute to Alkis Kambanos in their home grounds, two days after the 19-year-old student was murdered in an incident involving hooligans from a rival club.

The banners went up in Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium shortly before a scheduled match with visiting Athens side AEK.

“Words are unnecessary. Rest in peace, Alkis. You were taken in a cowardly and unjust way. May your soul be our guide,” the banner stated.

Both sides held a minute’s silence before the game and laid wreaths.

Earlier, Aris players laid a jersey displaying the number 19 at the spot where the young man was killed.

Photographers covering the match said they would produce only black-and-white images of the game as an expression of their sorrow and anger at Kambanos’s murder.

Earlier, police arrested a man in connection with the incident after he was identified by one of the victims. He is a member of the Palaion Patron Germanou Street PAOK fan club and has a history of violence-related offenses, including charges of assault with a bladed weapon in 2019 near the scene of the recent murder.

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