Panionios fans destroy their own stadium to stop rivals AEK Athens playing in it

Greek supporters get slightly carried away

Dundee United‘s Europa League clash with AEK Athens tomorrow night has been thrown into chaos after rival fans from Greek side Panionios G.S.S. smashed up their own stadium to prevent the game being held there.

The fixture was originally set to be played at Olympiakos’ ground, since the freshly laid turf at AEK’s Olympic Stadium was hacked into an unplayable state by roommates Panathinaikos, but the idea was ruled out over fears rival fans might clash.


AEK eventually agreed to take over Super League side Panionios’ stadium. However, disgusted home fans got wind of the deal and last night over 100 staged a sit-in at the club’s offices, before moving into the stadium and F-ing S up.

The bad blood stems from Panionios having beef with AEK over some unpaid debts, which were only recently settled.

Yahoo Sport report an AEK spokeswoman said:

There was damage but nothing has changed so far. It’s not as bad as it looks ["LOL."], although I accept it looks bad in the photographs.

Unsurprisingly, something has changed, namely the match being moved straight back to Olympiakos’ stadium. To make things worse for AEK, according to the BBC, the Greek club’s [totally innocent] fans could now be banned from the match altogether.

4 responses so far
  • wow // August 25, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    those fans are pretty stupid since now their own club has to use money to fix it all, what they did is counterproductive to their team

  • Come on now... // August 26, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Common sense was never a Greek strong point

  • Theodoros // August 27, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I suppose not knowing the Greek football mentality make people present this piece of news in a strange way… AEK fans have been long known for committing atrocities against our many cities and football teams across Greece for many many years now.
    The dilemma was simple: Either you make a small damage to your own stadium to stop a potentially much bigger or you let them come and trash the whole place! I think taking in mind the probabilities and the cost economics that was the wisest even though weirdest decision that had to be made.
    As for common sense being the Greek strong point or not I think I would have to refer you to 3000 years of written philosophy, mathematics and literature which happens to be the base of the European thinking…

  • Bokolis // September 1, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    To borrow DeNiro’s line from Analyze This…”Fuckin’ Greeks!”

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