Violence between supporters of the football teams AEK Athens and Dinamo Zagreb occurred in Athens on Tuesday, which resulted in one fan dying after being gravely hurt.
A police official reported that the 29-year-old man was stabbed multiple times after altercations between supporters of the two teams outside AEK’s football pitch in Nea Philadelphia late on Monday.
Police reported that between 100 and 120 Dinamo Zagreb supporters arrived late on Monday near the AEK stadium, where AEK supporters had assembled.
More than an hour after the visiting team’s training session concluded and the team left the stadium, fights broke out between supporters of the two teams, who threw flares, homemade bombs, and stones, according to the police.
According to the police official, 98 persons were detained for their involvement in the incident, along with three Greek and five Croatian fans who were also hurt and receiving medical attention.
Dinamo criticised the event. The squad stated in a statement posted on their website on Tuesday that “Such events are not in line with the values and ethics we promote as a club and community.”
The UEFA Champions League qualifying round match between AEK and visiting Dinamo Zagreb that was due to take place at AEK’s stadium on Tuesday has been postponed, according to a Greek police official.
Authorities have often promised to clean up Greek football, which has been marred by violence both on and off the pitch. Despite severe fines, fights between football fans frequently occur before or after a game.
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