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AEK officials and players apologize at US Embassy

Soccer club AEK apologized yesterday for the anti-American behavior of some of its fans during a UEFA Cup match against Scottish side Hibernian in Athens two weeks ago. A group of spectators burnt American and Israeli flags, jeered during the one-minute silence for the victims of last month’s attacks on the USA and chanted the name of the main suspect – Osama bin Laden. AEK officials and players, including Demis Nikolaidis, signed the condolences book at the US Embassy in Athens, and expressed their regret over the incidents. AEK fans are not just a bunch of scumbags who burn the American flag, AEK spokesman Spyros Tripsas told Reuters. These people are not AEK fans. The club has also offered to play a friendly match in the United States, with the proceeds going to the victims of the September 11 attacks.(Reuters)