SPORTS

Olympiakos fans line up in numbers for derby tickets

Thousands of Olympiakos supporters queued on Thursday, February 10, from the early hours of the morning for a ticket to the derby with Panathinaikos; the match was almost immediately declared sold out.

Such was the desire for Olympiakos fans to snap up tickets to the derby that they started queuing from as early as 5 a.m. outside the Karaiskaki Stadium at Neo Faliro.

By 9 a.m. the queues were so long (up to 200 meters, according to reports) and snaking around the stadium that the club decided to open ticket booths one hour earlier than originally planned.

Within a few hours the seats allotted to non-season-ticket-holders were gone, although the game was still nine days away — a long time by Greek standards.

The derby with Panathinaikos is on Saturday, February 19, and may well decide the destination of the Super League title for the season.

Before that, on February 12, Olympiakos is visiting Aris at Thessaloniki. The Reds may be deprived of Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas, their top scorer in the league with nine goals, as the federation informed them that he has received a two-match ban for a red card at the cup game with PAOK on February 2. Mirallas has already missed the league match with Xanthi due to his suspension.

Olympiakos has now appealed the decision, and a verdict on the appeal is expected on the day of the match, so Olympiakos decided to include Mirallas in the squad to fly to Thessaloniki in case it swings in his favor.