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Greek PM revokes decision to allow fans at football matches




Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has revoked the decision to allow a small number of fans to attend football matches, after the health committee gave them the ‘all clear’ only yesterday.

According to Greek media, the PM’s decision was dictated by the increase of coronavirus cases throughout Europe.

“Holding games even with a few fans, at a time when it is necessary to avoid any collusion and strict adherence to health rules, would send the wrong message to people,” Mitostakis adds.

The Health Committee on Monday gave the ‘green light’ for 10% stadium capacity, starting with this week’s Champions League and Europa League matches between Olympiacos – Marseille and PAOK – Omonia.

Photo: Sports Integrity Initiative

Prior to the Greek PM’s announcement, the Super League gave guidelines for fans to attend matches, based on the health protocol.

“There was a significant risk from the overcrowding of some thousands of people, especially after the end of the match,” Giorgos Sakkas, journalist for News 24/7, says.

“Also within the stadiums, strict supervision can be sought, but the risk is high. If there is a danger then the suggestion will change.”

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