Caught be­hind play

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The ex­ten­sive vi­o­lence that marred the Greek Cup fi­nal be­tween AEK and Atro­mi­tos this week­end, af­ter fans in­vaded the pitch and clashed with the po­lice as well as play­ers, was yet an­other in­di­ca­tion of the So­cial­ist gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to tackle bur­geon­ing law­less­ness. The gov­ern­ment did noth­ing to pre-empt the dam­age. More­over, its re­ac­tion fol­low­ing the chaotic match on Satur­day has been noth­ing short of pa­thetic. The same of course goes for the much-hyped heads of Greece’s soc­cer fed­er­a­tion, EPO, which has failed to live up to its role, while Greek soc­cer is sys­tem­at­i­cally carved up by moguls us­ing mafia-style tac­tics. The ail­ing state of the sport in Greece sums up the cur­rent de­cline of Greek so­ci­ety. At the same time, it un­der­scores the un­be­liev­able fail­ure of Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to deal with ma­jor prob­lems in a de­ci­sive fash­ion.

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