23 August 2012: Riot breaks out before PAOK-Rapid Vienna match

On this day in 2012, a riot broke out in the Toumba Stadium before a Europa League match between PAOK and Rapid Vienna.

About 10 minutes before kick-off, Rapid Vienna hooligans threw flares into a stand filled with ordinary PAOK supporters. PAOK hooligans quickly responded by running onto the pitch and throwing flares and other objects into the Rapid stand, delaying the start of the match.

A few minutes later, Greek riot police stepped in, using batons and tear gas to restore order.

There were no injuries and no arrests were made.

The Greek side were fined 150,000 euros and ordered to play three European home games behind closed doors. Rapid were fined 75,000 euros and ordered to play one game without spectators.




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