AEK’s cup win marred by fans
AEK won its first soccer trophy in almost a decade by beating Atromitos 3-0 in the Greek Cup final on Saturday, though the game was overshadowed by fan violence.
Hundreds of AEK supporters left their seats and surrounded the pitch for the last few minutes of the final at the Olympic Stadium of Athens, seemingly to celebrate the victory that came courtersy of goals from Nikos Liberopoulos, Nabil Baha and Pantelis Kafes, forcing the referee to end the game seven minutes earlier than planned.
The fans did not only celebrate. One group attacked Atromitos players and fans, and caused extensive damage to Greece’s main sporting venue. Television footage showed one group of fans attacking relatives of Atromitos’s players in the stands, with the players rushing to their defense as the police appeared unable to contain the crowd.
There were also reports of flare guns used by both sets of fans and aimed at each other, proving police checks at the stadium insufficient.
Such chaotic scenes could lead to a severe punishment for AEK ahead of the league playoffs but most other clubs whose fans had staged pitch invasions and attacks on opponents got away with just one or two games behind closed doors this season.