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Why PAOK’s Flare-Throwing Fans Got Their Game With Olympiacos Abandoned

Why PAOK’s Flare-Throwing Fans Got Their Game With Olympiacos Abandoned

If you were having doubts about how crazy Greek football fans are, cast your eyes and ears on this from the PAOK versus Olympiacos game tonight.

The sides met in the cup earlier this evening with Olympiacos already home and hosed as the league champions with six games to go.

And they were on their way to grabbing a valuable first leg advantage as they led PAOK 2-1 going into the final minutes of the game.

That was until the match was abandoned after the home fans started rioting in the stands, igniting flares and throwing toilet paper in protest at a late decision from the referee.

This is where the incident begins, with PAOK striker Robert Mak going down in the box under a challenge from Olympiacos goalkeeeper Stefano Kapinos:

The referee failed to give Mak a penalty and that led to strong protests from the home players:

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But, just to make matters worse, the referee went on to give Mak a red card for his protests and that led to the strong reaction from the PAOK support:

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This footage shows the reaction from the PAOK fans, who then sparked up hundreds of flares before unleashing a toilet paper attack on their side of the pitch.

It really is unbelievable to see:

Soon enough some of the PAOK supporters were on the pitch as armed security tried to fight them back.

As can be seen from the pictures below, seats were pulled out of their section of the ground and the final third of the pitch was covered in debris:

It’s believed Mak, the PAOK player who was sent off, had been overly critical of the referee’s performance in the game.

There’s already ill-feeling in Greece towards the treatment Olympiacos receive from authorities in the country and tonight’s incident could simply be the final straw for some frustrated supporters.

As mentioned, Olympiacos won the league last week following their victory over Asteras Tripolis – taking an 18-point lead at the top with just six games to go in the season.

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