Olympiakos’s Pereira, Kasami fined for stormy Greek Cup tie

Olympiakos’s Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira and Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami were fined on Thursday for their behavior after the team’s Greek Cup quarter-final win over AEK Athens.

The disciplinary committee of the Greek soccer federation fined Pereira 9,000 euros and Kasami was ordered to pay 7,000 euros for making gestures to the crowd which incited trouble.

The Piraeus club was also fined 7,500 euros for the match held on March 11.

Second-division side AEK was deducted three points by the federation last month for a pitch invasion by its fans with one minute remaining in the game at the Olympic Stadium.

The disciplinary committee also ordered AEK to play two matches behind closed doors and fined the club 17,000 euros.

About 25 AEK supporters ran onto the pitch before throwing objects and chasing Olympiakos players following a 89th-minute goal by midfielder Franco Jara that gave the visitors a decisive 1-0 lead.

The Olympiakos players immediately headed to the locker rooms. They were soon followed by match officials and AEK players.

Over half an hour later, officials announced that the game would not resume and Olympiakos would automatically progress to the semi-finals, being awarded a 3-0 decision.

The violence led Alternate Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis to ban spectators from Super League matches for the following weekend for the second time this season.


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