GREEK SOCCER CUP - SEMIFINAL (LEG 1)
|PAOK||1 - 2||Olympiacos|
| Mak 9'
The first leg of the Greek Soccer Cup semi-final between PAOK and Olympiacos has been suspended due to fan violence. The fans became aggravated after a penalty was not given to Robert Mak, who was brought down in the penalty box by Olympiacos’ goalie Stefano Kapino. Mak was then sent off for protesting the referee’s decision. Then the chaos began.
The players, coaching staff, and referees all rushed off the field as the fans entered and began clashing with police. This caused the official suspension of the match by referee Andreas Pappas, who was also the referee in November’s match between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos, which also ended with a suspension due to fan violence.
During the match, the home side took a 1-0 lead with Robert Mak in the 9th minute. The visitors equalized with Esteban Cambiassio mid-way through the first half and took the lead with David Fuster after the break. Olympiacos held the lead until the 89th minute when the match was suspended.
PAOK made an official announcement after the match stating they will not be playing in the second leg scheduled for April 6th. Additionally, they requested for the president of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO), Giorgios Girtzikis, and all members to step down from their positions along with the proposal of having non-Greek referees for next season’s SuperLeague and Cup matches.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM PAOK - OLYMPIACOS
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