Association football culture
Unknown assailants attacked and vandalized the home of an officer of a police unit that deals with sports violence early on Friday morning in the Athens district of Galatsi.
The vandals used a gas canister and flammable liquid to create a small explosion outside the officer's home and spray-painted abusive slogans on the walls.
As part of ongoing effort to crack down on hooliganism in Greek sport, police late Thursday conducted raids on two fan clubs, both located in areas of western Athens.
Amid a recent spike in soccer hooliganism, police entered a building housing a Panathinaikos fan club in Peristeri and another in Ilion housing an Olympiakos fan club.
Excitement was building in Croatia on July 11 ahead of the World Cup semi-final against England, with tens of thousands of fans expected to watch the match on public screens across the country.
Although the problem of football hooliganism is present in Serbia, and as things stand, there still is no way to put an end to it, the public at home is being served the news about "a clash between Serbs and Croats" in Russia as almost "a victory in battle and the taking of war loot."
Police arrested 14 people in the area around the Olympic Stadium on Saturday where the Greek Cup final was played between football clubs PAOK and AEK.
Six of the suspects were charged with participating in clashes with riot police shortly after the end of the game and one for possession of a stun grenade.