April 14, 2024

UEFA introduced on Tuesday the postponement of the match between AEK Athens and Dinamo Zagreb, akin to the primary leg of the third preliminary spherical of the Champions League, after “horrible incidents” that occurred on Monday night time and left one useless. .

The Greek tv channel ‘ERT’ reported the demise of 1 individual and eight injured after clashes between supporters of the 2 golf equipment within the Greek capital, the place greater than 100 Croatian followers arrived, regardless of the ban on journey by UEFA to witness this match.

The deceased is a supporter of the Greek staff, who has obtained “a number of accidents” from a pointy object, whereas the injured are 4 Greeks and 4 different Croats, together with a minor who suffered a blow to the pinnacle with a stone. The Greek Police have arrested 91 individuals for the incident during which “nice harm” has additionally been recorded within the environment of the AEK Athens stadium, Agia Sofia.

In keeping with the chain itself, the Croats set fireplace to buckets and dry branches close to the car parking zone, the place in addition they broke the windshields of a number of automobiles, earlier than heading in direction of the stadium searching for the Greek followers.

“UEFA deplores within the strongest phrases the horrific incidents that befell on Monday night time in Athens which resulted within the lack of life. Whereas we lengthen our deepest condolences to the household of the sufferer, AEK Athens and its followers, we wish to reiterate that violence has no place in our sport and we hope that these chargeable for this horrible act are arrested and delivered to justice with the least delay,” the continental physique stated in a press release.

Because of this, “and in session with the native authorities”, the governing physique for continental soccer “has determined that the situations are usually not met for the match between AEK and Dinamo to be performed tonight”.

UEFA confirmed that the second leg in Zagreb stays on schedule, Tuesday August 15, and that it’s in touch with each golf equipment to discover a day for this conflict, which might now be performed later, “on Friday the 18th on Saturday, August 19. “The beforehand communicated resolution that there shall be no visiting followers for each matches is upheld and all obligatory measures shall be applied,” he warned.