Greek League Playoffs marred by crowd trouble

Panathinaikos won the deciding Game 5 of the Greek finals against bitter rivals Olympiacos but the game didn’t even have a final buzzer.

In a turn of events that unfortunately seem to be a normality in the rivalry, the game looked to be settled with Panathinaikos leading 64-49 with 1:56 left, Olympiacos supporters set off flares with the smoke forcing the players to evacuate the court.

The final 1:56 was sensationally played when the crowd inside the Peace and Friendship Stadium was fully evacuated. Panathinaikos inevitably got the win they expected once the game restarted with a 66-51 victory.

This isn’t the first time that these scenes that occurred during a game between the two teams that dominate the Greek league, year-after-year.

Panathinaikos fans threw fireworks, briefly postponing their Greek Cup final in 2013 and two years later, both sides were fined by the EuroLeague for failure to control their supporters during their respective quarter-final match-ups.