Four banned in Greek playoff brawl
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