The next in our ESPN FC derbies series involves the two biggest teams in Greek football. Olympiakos recently clinched their fifth straight Greek Super League title, the 42nd in club history. Michael Yokhin went to see them play Panathinaikos in February, the latest chapter in their contentious rivalry.
Everyone in Greece told me I was crazy. Why would I go to the Athens derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos? It will be a dangerous adventure, everyone said.
As I approached the old Apostolos...
ATHENS, Greece -- Panathinaikos have lost their appeal against a three-point deduction for fan violence at a Greek league match against Olympiakos.
The violence at the Feb. 22 game prompted a one-week suspension of the 18-team league, followed by a government decision to ban fans at all stadiums until security standards are improved.
Thursday's decision by the Greek Football Association leaves Panathinaikos with 58 points, six behind leaders Olympiakos, who have a game in hand.
ATHENS, Greece -- The Greek Super League will resume this weekend after a one-week suspension because of violence at stadiums, but all top-flight matches will be played without fans for the next two weeks.
Stavros Kontonis, a deputy minister for sport, announced the decision on Wednesday, saying clubs had failed to fully comply with government demands to improve stadium security. He added that the situation would be reviewed next week.
Matches were halted last week for the third time this season...
The Greek Super League has hit Panathinaikos with a three-point deduction following fan violence during their 2-1 win over Olympiakos on Sunday.
The match was delayed before kickoff at Leoforos when Pana's Gate 13 ultras entered the pitch to attack Olympiakos manager Vitor Pereira as he walked over to the goal in front of them.
The violence led the Greek government to suspend league matches this weekend.
Panathinaikos were also fined 100,000 euros and forced to play their next two home matches behind...