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Cameras help catch five soccer hooligans

Five soccer fans were arrested yesterday for a vicious attack on police officers at a match that took place at the Olympic Stadium on December 7 of last year, the day after a teenager was shot dead by a special guard in Athens. The five men, all AEK supporters aged between 20 and 30, were traced after their faces were caught on CCTV cameras. Some fans recorded footage on their mobile phones and posted it on the Internet, showing hooligans attacking police with chains, iron bars and plastic seats. Four of the five men convicted had police records and one was later arrested during riots in central Athens on December 10. Authorities revealed yesterday that the small group of policemen that was attacked was made up of inexperienced officers from Viotia, north of Athens, who had been brought in because the force’s resources were overly stretched at the time by rioting in the city center.