PAOK-OM: Greek police requests travel ban for Marseille supporters

Following the incidents in the first leg, Greek officials want Marseille fans not to come to Thessaloniki to participate in the second leg of the Europa Conference League quarter-final between PAOK and OM (9 pm) this Thursday. An official request to this effect would have been filed.

Very tense situation. The match between OM and PAOK Salonika was played in a toxic atmosphere at the Velodrome in the first leg of the Europa Conference League last week. The first overflow occurred outside the stadium before the match.

Events interrupted the match, with teammates Dmitry Payet (author of a sensational goal) winning 2–1. To make matters worse, PAOK’s Romanian coach Razwan Lucescu threw oil on the fire by threatening retaliation on his return to Marseille.

Significant risks of disrupting public order

Under these conditions, the visit of OM supporters to Thessaloniki this Thursday (9 pm) appears to have been seriously compromised. Some groups have already announced that they will not go to Greece to fill the stands at the Toumba Stadium (28,000 seats). Either way, they may not be able to do so.

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According to the local daily I Kathimerini, local police want Marseille fans to be banned from traveling for this sensitive poster. The risk of disturbing public order is considered very high. An official request would have been sent on Monday to stop the most daring from traveling. Interior Minister Takis Theodoricakos will also have discussed the matter with several UEFA leaders.

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