Dozens of fans of the Panaathinaikos women’s volleyball team, including 27 minors, were brought before a prosecutor after weapons were found in their possession – from incendiary bombs to axes, shovels and screwdrivers, Greek police said Thursday.
A day earlier, on Wednesday, 57 Panathinaikos fans – 30 adults and 27 minors – were surrounded after a series of incidents at two Athens metro stations. Fans were arrested after finding several weapons in their possession.
The police said in a statement that they confiscated Molotov cocktails, knives, fire extinguishers, hammers, axes, picks, shovels and screwdrivers, as well as other items carried by fans, who were later qualified by experts as edged weapons.
The incidents in which they were involved occurred at train stops at Victoria Square and Neratziotissa. The PAO women’s volleyball team met with the guests of the Czech team Ostrava at the Agios Tomas indoor gym in the Marousi district. Police believe the group was heading to a sports complex.
According to the Greek Attica Police (GADA), on Wednesday a large group of people boarded the ISAP train at Petralona station bound for Kifissia. Some of them landed at Victoria station and met others there, with whom they attacked the man and easily wounded him, while stealing fire extinguishers from the station.
They then took another train to Kifissia, got off at Neratziotissa station, where they met the rest of their group, and headed to an indoor sports center where a volleyball match was being played. At the gym, they were detained by the DIAS motorcycle group and taken to the police station, where they were arrested.
They are being prosecuted on multiple charges, including public disorder, making and storing explosives, theft, dangerous disruptions to transportation, and violations of laws prohibiting weapons, flash grenades, and amateur and professional games.
This is the first time in recent years that the police have arrested sports fans who terrorized all sports before starting a fight.
Several years ago, between the fans of 2 football clubs broke out real war, with numerous attacks and brutal beatings of the enemy.