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.