Fans to return in Greece, special measures introduced

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Featured image credit: Erik Drost/CC BY 2.0 DEED/Edited for size

Greek stadiums will reopen to supporters on February 13, although the government has introduced several measures in an attempt to combat fan violence at venues.

Top-tier Greek football matches have been played behind closed doors since mid-December after a police officer was left with serious injuries following a fan attack at a volleyball game. The officer, who was hit by a flare, later died of his injuries.

The attack took place during a volleyball match between Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, who are owned by the football teams of the same name. Super League football matches were subsequently postponed for a weekend and the Greek government took further action by banning fans from games for two months.

Although fans will be allowed back at venues from next week, there will be a number of conditions. Supporters wishing to attend matches will receive a unique ticket code via the Wallet app, which will also house fans’ season tickets.

Venues in the Super League and the top-tier basketball league will also be fitted with more cameras to identify any misbehaving fans. Venues will also be closed for the next match if any objects are thrown onto the pitch from the stands.

The process of installing the new cameras will begin on March 6, and any venue that has not been fitted with the necessary CCTV will not be able to welcome fans. The ticket identification system will come into effect on April 9.

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