AEK’s cup win marred by fans

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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.

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