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Greek Super League

Panathinaikos vs. Olympiakos lives up to its tag as the 'eternal enemies' derby

Police clash with Panathinaikos fans at the 'Leoforos' stadium before the two teams can even emerge for kickoff.

The next in our ESPN FC derbies series involves the two biggest teams in Greek football. Olympiakos recently clinched their fifth straight Greek Super League title, the 42nd in club history. Michael Yokhin went to see them play Panathinaikos in February, the latest chapter in their contentious rivalry.

Everyone in Greece told me I was crazy. Why would I go to the Athens derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos? It will be a dangerous adventure, everyone said.

As I approached the old Apostolos...

UEFA, FIFA warn Greece over prospective new laws

FIFA and UEFA warned the Greek government against passing laws punishing violence at events.

NYON, Switzerland -- UEFA and FIFA say they have sent a final warning to Greece that they face suspension from international football for government interference.

The Greek government wants to pass laws punishing violence at sports events, including imposing fines and threatening to cancel matches.

Football's governing bodies have strict rules protecting...

Panathinaikos lose appeal to overturn 3-point deduction for fan violence

Panathinaikos have lost in their attempt to overturn a three-point deduction due to fan violence.

ATHENS, Greece -- Panathinaikos have lost their appeal against a three-point deduction for fan violence at a Greek league match against Olympiakos.

The violence at the Feb. 22 game prompted a one-week suspension of the 18-team league, followed by a government decision to ban fans at all stadiums until security standards are improved.

Thursday's decision by the Greek Football Association leaves Panathinaikos with 58 points, six behind leaders Olympiakos, who have a game in hand.

Panathinaikos were...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Greek Cup game suspended after fans invade pitch

Greek fans forced match officials to suspend Wednesday's match between AEK Athens and Olympiakos

A Greek Cup second-leg tie between AEK Athens and Olympiakos was suspended in the 90th minute on Wednesday after crowd trouble.

According to Reuters, groups of AEK fans stormed the pitch after Olympiakos took a 1-0 lead in the 89th minute, a goal which gave them the advantage in the tie.

Match officials and players of both teams immediately left the pitch before police moved in to confront the fans.

No decision has been made on whether the game will be resumed or abandoned.

The event marks...

Greek league set to resume without fans for two weeks

Fan violence has marred Greek Super League games in recent weeks.

ATHENS, Greece -- The Greek Super League will resume this weekend after a one-week suspension because of violence at stadiums, but all top-flight matches will be played without fans for the next two weeks.

Stavros Kontonis, a deputy minister for sport, announced the decision on Wednesday, saying clubs had failed to fully comply with government demands to improve stadium security. He added that the situation would be reviewed next week.

Matches were halted last week for the third time this season...