The UEFA president has vowed to do more to tackle organized violence in football.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has vowed to do more to tackle organized violence in football, a week after a 29-year-old man was stabbed to death in Athens in an attack by Croatian fans.
More than 100 people have been arrested accused of murder and belonging to a criminal gang after the attack.
“This is the cancer of football. And those are not football fans. Don’t call them football fans because they are not. They are people who use football for their idiotic ideas,” said Ceferin, who met with the Greek prime minister. , Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and were later joined by representatives of the four main Greek clubs.
The four main clubs are AEK from Athens, and its rivals Panathinaikos and Olympiakos, as well as PAOK from the northern city of Thessaloniki.
“I sincerely hope that it will not be necessary for the government to trigger the last punishment we have at our disposal, which is the temporary exclusion of the Greek teams from the European club football competitions. I am sure that we will not have to get to this point and I think everyone has realized how serious the situation is, but also how determined this government is to tackle this evil at the root,” Mitsotakis said.
The four clubs agreed to subject fan organizations to stricter control, according to the prime minister. He added that Athens would support closer cooperation between UEFA and European Union law enforcement.
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