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Panathinaikos chief set to resign, team may pull out after derby called off amid violence

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Panathinaikos chairman Yiannis Alafouzos has tendered his resignation and the club’s board is to decide on Sunday whether to pull out of the Super League after Saturday’s home match against Olympiakos was called off amid fan violence.

Panthainikos is upset that the referee called off the game after an Olympiakos player was hit by a flare thrown by Greens fans before the warm-up had begun.

The club, which criticized the fans that threw the flares onto the pitch, believes that this triggered the angry reaction that followed.

Three policemen were injured and 16 people arrested as a result of the disturbances inside and outside the stadium.

Alafouzos said that he would ask Panathinaikos’s board to discuss on Sunday whether the team should be withdrawn from the championship.