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Greek Soccer Hooligans Break Code of Silence Over Fan’s Murder

THESSALONIKI – The vicious stabbing murder of a 19-year-old Greek student in an assault against him and friends, allegedly by hooligan soccer fans, has led to some of those arrested with talking instead of adhering to a code of silence.

Alkis Kampanos died after bleeding from a leg wound from a curved karambit knife after he and his friends were accosted by a gang which spilled out of two cars in Greece’s second-largest city and asked which team they supported.

Read more: Man Wanted for Murder by Hooligans Turns Himself In

The attackers were said to be fans of PAOK while Kampanos was a fan of the rival Aris, the murder making the frequently violent rivalry deadly and leading to the arrest of eight people and spurring a New Democracy government crackdown.

Court sources not identified told Kathimerini that some of those allegedly involved were spilling the beans about what happened and giving investigators a clearer picture of what happened.

The arrests were made on the basis of warrants issued by the investigating authorities and the suspects face prosecution for one homicide and two attempted murders.

They are seven Greeks and an Albanian citizen, aged 19-22, who were identified as participants in the deadly attack, the paper said, adding that three more people were identified, including two others who fled.

One was said to have escaped to Albania and an international arrest warrant was issued for his apprehension and extradition but it wasn’t said if police in Albania had located him or were cooperating.

The second fugitive was said to be a 20-year-old Greek who lives in Athens. Six of the arrested have a history of violence and criminal activity related to possession of deadly weapons, causing public disturbance and incidents at stadiums.

A 23-year-old who was arrested on Wednesday and the other man who managed to escape to Albania had attacked two Aris fans in March, 2019, at the same location where Kampanos was murdered but weren’t prosecuted.

The 23-year-old was identified as hitting Kampanos on the head with a crowbar and fingerprints of another arrested were found on the knife that dealt the fatal blow to Kambanos’ thigh, hitting an artery, causing him to bleed to death.

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