Greek fans clash after finance crackdown

Fans of a football team in northern Greece have clashed with
police and supporters of a rival club, following a decision by
sporting authorities to relegate clubs with troubled finances.

The new rules imposed during Greece’s major financial crisis
will see first-division clubs Iraklis and Panionios relegated to
the second tier next season if their appeals fail.

The clashes broke out late Tuesday in the center of the northern
city of Thessaloniki during a protest march by Iraklis fans, who
battled with riot police and supporters of city rival PAOK.

Police used tear gas to disperse rock-throwing youths and
officials say several people have been detained, without
immediately giving any further details.