Things literally got very heated before Olympiakos and PAOK’s semi final cup match yesterday. As told by someone who was there on Reddit:
Both teams have just entered the pitch and are lined up for the pre-game picture and shaking of hands with the ref and each other. The fans have lit a lot of fireworks at the side lines to create a hellish atmosphere prior to the game starting. They took it a little too far and the game had to be delayed for a long time because the smoke made it impossible to play.
As an Olympiakos fan I can confirm this happens quite a bit, not always to this scale but it does. Football club loyalty is very important and everyone takes it very seriously and the Ultras are very organized this stuff is planned. Sanctions do happen as well if fans get really out of control, the league or uefa can force the teams to play in empty stadiums. Lots of other things happened that day, the tamest of which was raw fish being found dumped on the visiting teams benches.
It did make for a pretty awesome visual. Watch below:
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