Man killed in Crete fan fight

A 21-year-old man was stabbed to death in the early hours of Monday in Iraklio, Crete, during clashes between rival gangs loosely connected with local sports clubs OFI and Irodotos, as well as Athens-based Panathinaikos, according to reports.

Some 30 men met at around 3 a.m. close to the Pankritio Stadium and fought a fierce pitched battle that also left several injured, two of them seriously.

Police sources suggest that the young man killed, Yiannis Roussakis, suffered multiple stab wounds.

Local reports said that the two rival gangs, comprising 15 men apiece, had arranged a deadly rendezvous, with one gang coming from the center of Iraklio — the fan base of OFI — and the other from Nea Alikarnassos, whose local club is fourth-division side Irodotos.

Police arrested six people in connection with the incident, while there are genuine fears of retaliation in the Cretan capital.