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Greece has disgraced itself not only for its economic weakness, but for the lack of sports culture too

22 February 2011 / 01:02:12  GRReporter
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Four UEFA’s lawyers arrived in Athens to investigate the football fiasco between the eternal rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, which ended with a mass brawl between fans and players. Prosecutor was appointed on the Greek side to investigate corruption in football in the country. The match will be remembered for the flimsiest refereeship of Dimitris Kalopoulos widely commented for his understanding of ambush and handicap and when a goal should be repealed and recognized.

The Saturday derby between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos for the super league of Greece was a complete disgrace. The score of the highly controversial match between the two teams was 2-1 in favour of Olympiacos and the winning team’s fans rushed at the field and began to beat Panatinaikos players. 1500 policemen that were at the Karaiskaki stadium  failed, and according to some witnesses didn’t even try to hold the mad crowd of football fans and Greece has disgraced itself not only for its economic weakness, but for the lack of sports culture too.

"They rushed furiously toward me to attack me. I was their target. They hit me and I had to protect myself. Olympiacos’ fans are barbarians," told Panathinaikos striker Djibril Cisse for the French edition Equipe. The red hooligans flew over the green players before television cameras, in front of the stadium security, the management and coaches of both teams. Cisse was clear that he would leave Greece forever in the summer of 2011. He stated that he came here to play football and not to be fooled who would be the judge and what would happen. It's a shame said he and stressed that there would be consequences.

Cisse's promises have not proved fudge and four representatives of UEFA arrived in Athens early this week to investigate pre-arranged matches in Greece. They are lawyers and experts on gambling. On the Greek side, the appointed prosecutor for the case is Poppy Papandreou.

Olympiacos’ controversial victory raised many questions not only among fans and players of Panathinaikos, but among international observers too. Most sports analysts defined the judging of Dimitris Kalopoulos contradictory and even detrimental to the green. "What happened on the field is pure fraud and false arrangement of results."

The famous Brazilian footballer Gilberto Silva, who plays for Panathinaikos, posted on Twitter: "Shame on the judges. This is real circus. Something need to be done for the good of Greek football, if not you will see it again, and again."

Immediately after the match the green defender Yosu Sariegi told Mega TV that such a behaviour of a European team fans is scandalous and beating the players is shame on football and reprehensible for any field in the world.

A bomb exploded outside the offices of the Greek Super League in Maroussi district in the capital less than 24 hours after the dramatic derby of the eternal rivals Panathinaikos and Olympiacos. According to the police, there were no injuries although there were people on the upper floors of the building. The activation of the improvised explosive is associated with the Saturday's match riots after which 17 people were arrested. According to unofficial sources, football hooliganism in Greece is associated with other underground groups, but this is not officially confirmed.



Tags: SportSoccerGilberto SilvaDjibril CisseOlympiacosPanathinaikos
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