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BC-SOC--Greece-Cup Final

May 6, 2019
The Greek Cup final between champion PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK Athens will be played in front of a limited number of invited fans due to fears of crowd violence. No tickets will be sold for the match at the Olympic Stadium in Athens and Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis said the decision follows police information that fans of both teams — and of other teams — were planning trouble.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek Cup final between champion PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK Athens on Saturday will be played in front of a limited number of invited fans due to fears of crowd violence.

No tickets will be sold for the match at the Olympic Stadium in Athens and Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis said Monday’s decision follows police information that fans of both teams — and of other teams — were planning trouble on the sidelines.

PAOK and AEK have met in the past two finals with the 2017 game marred by extensive clashes in the stands.

Violence still plagues Greek soccer, despite repeated pledges by successive governments to impose order.

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