Another Match Cancelled in Greek League – Refugee crisis cited

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares After a controversial decision to postpone – and possibly cancel the Greek cup tournament – the government on Friday postponed Sunday’s first division football (soccer) match between Iraklis Thessaloniki and Olympiacos Piraeus, which was scheduled to take place in the northern city.The decision, announced by relevant Sports Deputy Minister Stavros Kontonis, comes after a request by police in the northern city to postpone the game due to an inability to field a sufficient number of police officers at Thessaloniki’s Kaftantzoglio stadium. Authorities cited the need to keep a large police contingent at the Idomeni border post on the frontier with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM) amid the ongoing refugee / migrant crisis in the area.The situation was already tense in Thessaloniki after the PAOK-Olympiacos Cup semi-final match on Wednesday was interrupted by hooligans rushing the pitch in the 88th minute — and with Olympiacos ahead 2-1. That development led Kontonis to cancel the entire Cup tournament a day later, hours before the other semi-final between AEK Athens and Atromitos Peristeri was scheduled to be played at the Athens Olympic Stadium (OAKA).No information was forthcoming at press time on when the Superleague championship game between Iraklis and Olympiacos would be played.last_img read more