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Players treated to spiked water?

The association of Greek football clubs and the footballers’ union yesterday expressed horror at allegations that players from a visiting team were given water laced with psychiatric drugs by home officials during a first-division match this year. The Association of Professional Football Clubs (EPAE) called on a sports judge to order an investigation into Iraklis Thessaloniki’s claims that Akratitos officials gave visiting players bottles of water containing haloperidol, a depressant used to treat schizophrenia and paranoia, during the late April match in Ano Liosia, northwestern Athens. «What keeps our society bearable is trust in certain basic elements of human behavior that cannot be imposed by any person or any law,» an EPAE announcement said. The footballers’ union, PSAP, said laboratory tests had confirmed Iraklis’s complaint. «This is the most serious incident [of this sort] ever recorded in Greek football grounds,» the union said. Akratitos won the match but ended the league 14th out of 16 clubs, and was demoted.