Police officer seriously injured and over 400 detained after incidents during volleyball match in Athens

A policeman was seriously injured during the incidents that happened last night in an Athens neighborhood in front of a sports hall during the Panathinaikos-Olympiakos volleyball match, and more than 400 people were arrested, the MIA correspondent from Athens reported.

The injured policeman is in critical condition. During the incidents, he was hit in the upper part of the leg with a pyrotechnic device, which caught fire, after which he was hospitalized with uncontrolled bleeding.

According to the hospital, the 31-year-old policeman suffered a heart attack during the night, the doctors managed to bring him back to life and his condition stabilized, but his life is still in danger.

Immediately after the incidents, the match was stopped, the police closed the hall and banned exit for the fans, with the exception of women and children, and 424 people were arrested.

The Greek police announced this morning that "during the match, the hooligans came out of the hall and moved threateningly towards the policemen, throwing objects, stones, as well as pyrotechnics aimed directly at the policemen, one of whom was seriously injured".

After the incident, the hooligans returned to the stands, from where the large group of over 400 people were detained, who were detained in the Directorate for Migration and a complete check of personal data is carried out, statements are taken, etc.

- The above-mentioned procedure is under the supervision of the Prosecutor's Office, it will be completed in the next period and it is being monitored, because there are strong indications that the perpetrators of the attack are among the detainees, the Greek police said.

They added that confiscated clothes, remains of improvised incendiary devices, a folding knife, remains of burnt clothes, firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials were also found at the stadium.

Greek media reports that the incidents were between Olympiakos fans and the police, and the fans attacked the police with Molotov cocktails and various objects, as well as with pyrotechnics.

During the night, the Minister of Citizen Protection, Janis Ikonomou, visited the hospital where the policeman is hospitalized and said that the murderous attack by the hooligans will not go unpunished.

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