Greek duo fined after Cup final fracas
Greek Cup finalists AEK Athens and Atromitos have been fined and ordered to play three matches behind closed doors following serious crowd trouble at the showpiece event last month.
AEK Athens ended a nine-year trophy drought with a 3-0 win over Atromitos on April 30 but, after the game, riots ensued and some AEK fans invaded the pitch, fought with Atromitos players and abused their fans. Atromitos coach Giorgos Donis even claimed that flare guns were aimed at supporters in the VIP stands.
Greek police saw 22 officers injured - five seriously - as hooligans tossed flares, fireworks, seats and plastic bottles on to the pitch following the final whistle and arrested 13 people on charges including possession of explosives, arson and disturbing the peace.
The Greek football federation's (EPO) disciplinary committee has reacted by handing out the largest fine in a troubled season, €292,500, and by forcing both clubs to play in empty stadiums. Greek football has been plagued by violence already this season, with Olympiakos Piraeus, Panathinaikos and PAOK Salonika all being handed out supporter bans after pitch invasions.
AEK will play their remaining two home matches in the Super League playoffs as well as the first competitive game of next season without fans. Atromitos, who were fined € 60,000, must play two matches behind closed doors .
Earlier this month, the Greek government warned the EPO that if they didn't act quickly to deal with the ongoing problem of crowd violence in Greek football they would pull the plug on funding.