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Wednesday 23 August 2017

WATCH - Flying beer can hits manager as chaotic match is abandoned

Mark Molloy

Beer, brawls and bedlam caused a Greek league play-off match to be abandoned following ugly scenes between rival players on the pitch.

PAOK coach Vladan Ivic was taken to hospital for treatment after being struck on the head by a beer can thrown from the stands by a fan of rivals Panathinaikos.

Ivic was floored after being struck by the beer can and rolled around in agony on the side of the pitch. He was treated by the club’s medical staff and later taken to a nearby hospital for further checks.

Tensions boiled over in the 54th minute at the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium in Athens following a clumsy challenge on former Manchester United reserve goalkeeper Luke Steele.

After players began fighting in the Panathinaikos penalty area, the match was suspended for over an hour and then abandoned.

Panathinaikos were winning 1-0 when the game was stopped after Marcus Berg had scored in the ninth minute.

The home side’s goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos had already seen red in the 21st minute and PAOK’s Egyptian midfielder Amr Warda was also sent off for a second yellow card.

Two more players were sent off for fighting during the chaotic encounter before the match was abandoned.

PAOK said in a statement: “The reputation of Greek football has taken another big hit.”

The winner of the play-offs will join Greek title winner Olympiakos in Champions League qualifiers.

Telegraph.co.uk

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