Olympiakos reacts to cup final security

Security plans for this Saturday’s Greek Cup final between rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos in Athens, which entail keeping opposing fans at a distance, were revised yesterday after a three-hour meeting between representatives of the two clubs and police. Much to the annoyance of the Olympiakos club, a decision was reached to revise seating arrangements for rival fans at the Nea Smyrni stadium. The Olympiakos club described the revisions as unfavorable. In a bid to curb crowd violence in Greek soccer, the previous government earlier this season implemented a ban on away fans traveling in organized groups for league matches. However, the measure is not valid for Saturday’s cup final, which needs to be staged under neutral conditions. The finalists, also locked in battle in league competition – Panathiniakos holds a two-point lead with two rounds of play remaining – have been issued with just under 4,000 tickets each.

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