Greek professional soccer’s first division will be played without spectators until next February.According to Reuters on Feb. 11 (KST), the Greek government announced that all games in the Greek professional soccer Superliga Elada will be played without spectators for the next two months until Feb. 12 next year.A Greek government official added, “The stadium ban can be applied not only to domestic league matches but also to European football competitions played in Greece.”The lockout could be extended if clubs fail to install electronic identification systems and cameras in their stadiums.This comes in the wake of violence last week during a professional volleyball game between Olympiakos and Panathinaikos in Athens, Greece, where clashes between spectators left a police officer in cardiac arrest and more than 400 people arrested.

In Greece, soccer fan fights have become increasingly common before and after matches, both on and off the field.In August, an AEK Athens fan was stabbed multiple times with a machete after clashes between fans of the two teams ahead of a UEFA Champions League (UCL) qualifier between AEK Athens and Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia).”Over the past few years, criminals posing as fans have killed or seriously injured spectators,” a Greek government official said, adding that 스포츠토토존 “players and fans should not be victims of murderous acts by criminal organizations.”

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