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Violence mars AEK vs Partizan match

Handball champion AEK lost for a second time to Partizan Belgrade on April 2, resulting in its elimination from the Challenge Cup, but the worst came after the final whistle as the club?s fans stormed the court and attacked the visiting players at the Nea Philadelphia court.

Partizan was always the favorite in this quarterfinal after having won 28-22 in the first leg and 24-23 in Saturday?s match in Greece.

However, AEK will now be in trouble with the European federation due to the behavior of its supporters, that also prompted the resignation of AEK coach Yiannis Arvanitis.

AEK fans first invaded the court at the end of the first half before launching an attack during which they hurled coins, lighters as well as a fire extinguisher at the Partizan players at full time.

There are now fears concerning the league decider with PAOK next month, given the history of clashes between the rival handball clubs? fans and especially after last year?s cup semifinal at Lamia.