Derby Abandoned After Ivic Hit with Beer Can and Sent to Hospital
GREEK superleague playoffs - MATCHDAY 2
Panathinaikos’ SuperLeague season was thrown into chaos on Wednesday after their playoff clash against PAOK was abandoned following a controversial incident involving Vladan Ivic, the coach of the Salonica club.
The Greens were 1-0 up at the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium thanks to a Marcus Berg goal after nine minutes, but that counted for little after PAOK boss Ivic was hit on the head with a beer can thrown by a Panathinaikos fan.
Match referee Giorgos Kominis had no choice but to abandon the match after 54 minutes after Ivic was taken to a nearby hospital for a check after complaining of dizziness after being struck by the beer can.
According to SuperLeague rules, that means PAOK automatically win the match 3-0 on paper, while Panathinaikos can expect a heavy penalty, including a points deduction which will take effect from the playoffs.
No validation has yet been made by the SuperLeague, this is expected to take place tomorrow.
The incident came after a tense match erupted into chaos.
Panathinaikos were ahead despite being forced to play with 10 men from the 20th minute when keeper Odisseas Vlachodimos got a straight red card.
Then, just six minutes into the second half, PAOK were also reduced to 10 men due to a second yellow card to Amr Warda for a clumsy challenge on substitute Panathinaikos keeper Luke Steele which started an ugly brawl among the two sets of players.
It was then that a Panathinaikos fan in Gate 11 hurled the beer can at Ivic.
If Panathinaikos is found guilty for the game’s unsavoury end, Marinos Ouzounidis’ team will also be deducted three points from the play-offs and a further two points from the next season.
That will mean that PAOK will have five points in the play-off mini-table, Panionios will be on four, AEK on three and Panathinaikos on minus one.
Panionios moved on to four points earlier on Wednesday after upsetting AEK Athens with a 1-0 win at the Olympic Stadium of Athens thanks to Samed Yesil’s goal seven minutes into their game.