Hooligan charges by end of week

A police investigation into the recent death of a young man during a brawl between rival groups of sports fans is expected to be completed by the end of the week and is likely to name more than five suspects as being responsible for the murder, sources told Kathimerini yesterday. Police believe that a total of 30 people can be charged in connection to last month’s riot that resulted in the death of a 22-year-old fan in Paeania, northeast of Athens. More than five men are expected to be connected to the death as police pile up evidence against them. «For some of them, there is enough evidence to begin legal proceedings proceed against them,» a police source said. Authorities have warned that they will crack down on spectator violence and have taken the unprecedented step of suspending the functioning of all supporters’ clubs. Most of the suspects involved in the brawl, in which some 500 fans took part, are linked to supporters’ clubs. Sources said that those linked to murder charges will be called in to testify for a second time at police headquarters in the coming days after most had denied being involved in the clashes.

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