- CNTV English - CCTV News

Greek basketball finals marred by rioting fans

06-08-2010 12:44 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

The finals of the Greek Basketball league have come to a close under troubling circumstances. Serious crowd trouble caused Game Four to be abandoned with just over a minute to play on Sunday.

Police used tear gas to subdue rioting fans before the game began, leading to a 45-minute delay to the action at Olympiakos' ironically named "Peace and Friendship" stadium.

The game was stopped again 25 minutes later after a smoke bomb was let off close to the Panathinaikos bench.

The stadium was almost deserted when the two teams re-emerged, following appeals from players and officials.

But with around a minute to play and Panathinaikos leading 76-69, the remaining Olympiakos fans began throwing objects onto the court.

Referees decided to end the game and award victory to Panathinaikos.

It handed the team their eighth consecutive Greek title and 12th in the last 13 seasons. Olympiakos could still appeal the decision.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source:

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program