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Greek soccer match abandoned after fan, police clashes

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Panathinaikos fans hold flares before a Greek Super League soccer match between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos Piraeus at Olympic stadium in Athens on March 18.

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Players of Olympiakos and Panathinaikos stand as a flares are being thrown onto the field during a Greek Super League football game against Olympiakos at the Athens Olympic stadium.

The Greek league game between leader Olympiakos and Panathinaikos was abandoned with eight minutes to go on Sunday because of escalating clashes between fans and the police.

Clashes started before the game, when hundreds of youths without tickets tried to enter the stadium. The conflict continued throughout, forcing the second half to start 35 minutes late.

According to police, 57 people had been detained and a further 20 arrested, while nine police officers were injured, two of them seriously.

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Police chase Panathinaikos' fans before a Greek Super League soccer match against Olympiakos at Olympic stadium in Athens on March 18.

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A bleeding Panathinaikos' fan is helped by other fans after being injured during a soccer game for the Greek Super League at the Olympic stadium in Athens.

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A young supporter of Panathinaikos is carried away from clashes during a Greek Super League football game against Olympiakos at the Athens Olympic stadium.

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A soccer fan runs in front of burning seats during a Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens. The Athens derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos Pireaus was abandoned after being interrupted twice by crowd violence on Sunday.