February 26, 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 lifeless. .

The Greek tv channel ‘ERT’ reported the dying of 1 particular person 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 group, 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 folks for the incident by which “nice harm” has additionally been recorded within the environment of the AEK Athens stadium, Agia Sofia.

Based on the chain itself, the Croats set fireplace to buckets and dry branches close to the car parking zone, the place additionally they broke the windshields of a number of vehicles, earlier than heading in the direction of the stadium seeking the Greek followers.

“UEFA deplores within the strongest phrases the horrific incidents that occurred on Monday night time in Athens which resulted within the lack of life. Whereas we prolong 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 accountable for this horrible act are arrested and delivered to justice with the least delay,” the continental physique mentioned in a press release.

For that reason, “and in session with the native authorities”, the governing physique for continental soccer “has determined that the circumstances should 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 involved 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 might be no visiting followers for each matches is upheld and all needed measures might be carried out,” he warned.