Landmark case: Greek police win damages over fan violence
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) A court in northern Greece has ordered top-flight club PAOK to pay two police officers damages after they were injured due to fan violence at a soccer game two years ago.
The officers were hit by a bottle and a petrol bomb at a Greek Cup match in 2016 between PAOK and Olympiakos. The officers were awarded 12,900 and 6,000 euros ($16,000 and $7,500).
Scores of fans ran onto the pitch and attacked police after PAOK was denied a late penalty. The match was called off and PAOK was later punished by the Greek Football Association.
The case was brought to court by the city’s police officers’ association, which welcomed the court decision on Thursday, and said it was likely to be followed by additional claims for match-related compensation.