A man is under investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office of Thessaloniki for allegedly forcing an immigrant man to make the sign of the cross.
The video, which was released on April 18 to Youtube, shows the PAOK fan correcting the immigrant on his positioning and forcibly guiding his hand to follow the sign of the cross.
According to reports, a preliminary examination was ordered by the head of the Prosecutor’s Office, Stefanos Zarkantzias. The department for dealing with racist violence of the Thessaloniki Security Directorate is to be called upon to carry out further investigations.
As part of the investigation, the immigrant will be sought in order to testify, as well as the full content of the video to be thoroughly examined. Any offences arising from the investigation are subject to the anti-racism law.
The video of this alleged racial offence comes shortly after PAOK fans were charged after clashing with police, following the breaking of lockdown rules.
More than 200 PAOK fans reportedly broke the Greek government ban on public gatherings outside the PAOK’s Toumba Stadium.
Local media reported that at least one supporter was arrested and a number of others were fined following the clashes on Monday.