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Athens derby postponed after crowd trouble

The Athens derby between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos is called off after violence between both sets of fans.

The Athens derby between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos has been abandoned after fights between fans both inside and outside of the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium.

Referee Andreas Pappas made the decision 30 minutes after the game was scheduled to start, and immediately after that was announced to spectators, fans ran onto the pitch and fought with riot-trained police.

Plastics seats at Panathinaikos's home ground were thrown onto the pitch and the police used tear gas on the sold-out crowd of 23,000.

Greek police said at least five individuals were arrested and a number of people were injured in clashes.

Olympiacos forward Alfred Finnbogason was struck by a flare thrown by the crowd and the club's vice-president Savvas Theodoridis was shocked by the scenes.

The 80-year-old told Greek TV channel Nova: "The new law is clear, the match should not be played. We do not play in a jungle".

Panathinaikos could face a heavy fine and a points deduction after the incident and their rivals could be awarded a 3-0 victory.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Olympiacos33267068145485
2PAOKPAOK33208557292868
3AEK AthensAEK Athens33198656282865
4PanathinaikosPanathinaikos331313738271152
5Asteras TripolisAsteras31109124140139
6Aris ThessalonikiAris33911134750-338
7AtromitosAtromitos31108133841-338
8OFI CreteOFI Crete33106174049-936
9XanthiXanthi3198142436-1235
10AEL LarissaLarissa31810133242-1034
11LamiaLamia31615102235-1333
12Volos3187162550-2531
13PanioniosPanionios3177172046-2628
14PanetolikosPanetolikos31411162748-2123

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