More arrests made over fears of soccer violence
Greek police continued to arrest suspected soccer hooligans on Wednesday ahead of Olympiakos’s Champions League game later that night against Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia in Athens.
A total of 77 Croatians, five Serbs and eight Greeks were detained in Athens and Piraeus, according to authorities. Of those, 45 Croatians and four Serbs were held in custody as they will be charged with carrying weapons and/or drugs.
Dinamo was not given any tickets for the game due to security concerns but dozens of the team’s supporters traveled to Greece on their own.
Authorities were concerned that they intended to clash with Red Star Belgrade fans, who also traveled from Serbia.
Police detained 41 Serbs on Monday as they were traveling on the national road toward Athens.
Apart from being fierce rivals of Dinamo, Red Star Belgrade’s fans also have a very close relationship with Olympiakos supporters.