PAOK Salonika has been fined £77,000 and ordered to play a game behind closed doors after crowd violence during a recent game with Olympiakos Volos.

The match was delayed for 30 minutes after a section of the Panthessaliko Stadium in Volos was damaged by fire as police attempted to stop PAOK fans entering without tickets. The Greek Super League said PAOK will play the second leg of their Greek Cup quarter-final against Olympiakos next month in an empty stadium.

This latest incident is part of growing problem in Greek football which has already seen similar crowd trouble occur this season. Panathinaikos had to play two games behind closed doors in December after supporters chased the players off the pitch and pelted them with missiles after a shock home defeat.

Larissa players and staff were left inside their team bus for four hours earlier this month when fans set up a blockade of bonfires following a heavy loss.

Posted on 26/01/2011