One of the strangest sports video we’ve ever seen . . . and that’s saying something!
What appears to happen in this soccer match from the Middle East is the game ends, riot police decide to help the fans exit as quickly as possible over the seats above them (only wimps use exit aisles!) and then you’re shown a slow-mo replay of the worst soccer penalty kick ever . . . which is probably why everyone was rioting.
You gotta give them credit: European soccer fans love their teams. Sometimes, too much. The most recent incident (and there’s about one a day any more) involves the Greek soccer league championship game where the team from Athens was ahead 3-0 going into what we like to call “injury overtime” which is a sad way of saying that the referees can add extra time to the game, based on how long they thought it was originally delayed by fake knee grabs. The problem with this system of timekeeping is that no one in the stands know exactly when the game will end. In this case, the fans decided the game was over about a minute into the injury bonus, stormed the field and tore things up. At that point, the refs wisely blew the whistle and got the hell out of there.
AEK Athens ended a nine-year trophy drought by lifting the Greek Cup with a 3-0 win over Atromitos Athinon but their win was marred after dozens of fans clashed with the police following a pitch invasion on Saturday.
Fans tossed seats and plastic bottles on to the pitch following the final whistle and also ripped out advertising hoardings before the police managed to clear the crowds. The kickoff was also delayed for several minutes as police dispersed small groups from both sets of fans who attempted to get on to the pitch and threw fireworks and flares at each other.