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Greek Policeman Severely Injured in Attack by Fans During Volleyball Match

ATHENS – A “brutal attack on police officers” by fans following a game between arch-rivals Panathinaikos and Olympiakos, which resulted in an officer getting injured, has prompted Supreme Court Prosecutor Georgia Adilini to initiate an investigation.

Adilini has directed the Piraeus public prosecutors’ department to oversee the inquiry into this vicious assault that occurred outside the Melina Mercouri indoor stadium, covering criminal offenses, attempted murder, and acts of violence, as reported by the media.

During the outdoor brawl, hooligans, reminiscent of those seen at soccer and basketball games who manage to sneak in weapons, resorted to using naval flares. A police officer sustained severe injuries from a direct hit and was urgently transported to the hospital in critical condition. This officer was a member of a riot control unit, frequently engaging with hooligans and anarchists.

State ERT television disclosed that a flare fired by a rioter severed a thigh artery in the 30-year-old officer, who remains in critical condition due to the grave nature of the injury.

The game was abruptly halted when violence erupted outside the arena, initiated by approximately 150 fans who left the game to launch an attack on teams of riot police, wielding flares, stones, and Molotov Cocktails.

For reasons that have not been clarified, these individuals were later allowed back into the arena, where tear gas deployed by the police outside seeped inside as authorities attempted to ascertain the source of the flare.

The police have reported the detention of 424 suspects, while Citizen Protection Minister Giannis Oikonomou asserted, “This assault will not go unpunished; it involves issues of legality and justice.” He characterized the incident as a “heinous attack.”

Security measures had been heightened due to the long-standing history of violence between the two factions supporting teams that often include foreign players alongside Greek teammates. These confrontations have spilled over into rivalries in both soccer and basketball.

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