Riots follow ban for 2 clubs in Greek league

Rioting soccer fans have attacked offices of Greece’s governing

party and clashed with police in the central town of Volos after

the local team and fellow first division club Kavala were thrown

out of all professional leagues over a match-fixing scandal.

Police said some 3,000 Volos supporters marched through the city

center, setting garbage cans on fire and throwing stones at the

offices of the Socialist Party and a local Socialist lawmaker.

Riot officers guarding the buildings also were attacked, and

fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. There were no immediate

reports of arrests or injuries.

The violence came after the sports ministry’s Commission for

Professional Sport said it would not issue the necessary permit for

Volos and Kavala to play in Greece’s three professional

leagues.