Four banned in Greek play­off brawl

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ATHENS: Four play­ers in­volved in a brawl which sparked the aban­don­ing of a play­off clash be­tween Panathi­naikos and PAOK Thes­sa­loniki on Wed­nes­day all picked up bans on Thurs­day.

The heated four-way play­offs in Greece are to de­cide who qual­i­fies for the Cham­pi­ons League along with cham­pi­ons Olympiakos and who goes into the Europa League.

The match was sus­pended by ref­eree Gior­gos Komi­nos after PAOK coach Vladimir Ivic was hit in the head by a beer can in the 54th minute with Panathi­naikos lead­ing 1-0.

That in­ci­dent came dur­ing a pro­tracted melee be­tween the four play­ers, two from each team.

Panathi­naikos for­ward Mar­cus Berg was banned for four matches, while his team­mate Mali de­fender Ous­mane Coulibaly and PAOK play­ers Ukraine’s Yevhen Shakhov and Span­ish de­fender Jose An­gel Cre­spo were all hit with three match sus­pen­sions.

Ivic, 40, was taken to hospi­tal where me­dia re­ports said two stitches were needed to close his wound.

The match will most likely be awarded to PAOK with a 3-0 de­ci­sion and Panathi­naikos fac­ing a heavy fine, a de­duc­tion of points from next sea­son and play­ing sev­eral home matches be­hind closed doors. AFP

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