Soccer fan clinically dead after clashes on Crete

A 46-year-old soccer fan was pronounced clinically dead on Sunday evening on Crete as violence between supporters of third division clubs Irodotos and Ethnikos Piraeus came to a tragic conclusion.

As the match at Iraklio was drawing to a close, Irodotos fans reportedly attacked the traveling supporters of Ethnikos at the stands.

One of the Ethnikos fans, who has lived at Hania on western Crete for the last 20 years, received several blows on his head and was carried unconscious to the local hospital, where the doctors pronounced him clinically dead. Two more Ethnikos fans were reported injured.

Police announced the arrest of a 27-year-old man in relation to the attack on the 46-year-old. Two more arrests were made for the clashes.

Ethnikos president Alexis Angelopoulos alleged that the referee insisted on finishing the game after the stoppage from the clashes, even going as far as asking the match doctor to stay at the stadium for the game to go on. Angelopoulos added that it took half an hour for the ambulance to arrive.

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