icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

AEK Athens & Ajax charged after petrol bomb attack & clashes at Champions League game (VIDEO)

AEK Athens & Ajax charged after petrol bomb attack & clashes at Champions League game (VIDEO)
UEFA has charged AEK Athens and Ajax after shocking clashes between the teams’ fans, including a petrol bomb attack, during their Champions League game in the Greek capital on Tuesday night.

The disturbing scenes played out before and during the clubs’ Champions League Group E encounter at the Olympic Stadium, which the Dutch club won 2-0.

Home fans hurled flares at Ajax fans before the game had even started, with footage on social media showing a petrol bomb exploding after being launched into the away fans’ section.

Local police were also pictured hitting Dutch fans, some of whom were seen bleeding, while Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt was pictured trying to calm the situation ahead of the game.  


Some reports have stated that fans from AEK's bitter local rivals Panathinaikos were among the Ajax suporters. 

Six Ajax supporters and three police officers were treated in hospital following the incidents.

AEK face the more significant charges, including for crowd disturbances, the throwing of objects, setting off fireworks, pitch invasions by supporters and the displaying of an illicit banner.

Ajax meanwhile have been charged for fans setting off fireworks and throwing objects.


UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will meet to hear the case on December 13.

Ahead of the match, police had faced battles with local fans in Athens, reportedly involving sets of rival Greek supporters.

READ MORE: Woman arrested for strapping flares to child in shocking scenes before Copa Libertadores final

Unverified footage circulating on social media also purported to show fiery clashes between AEK and Ajax fans - as well as other local hooligans - on the day before the game.

The win for Ajax guaranteed qualification for the last 16 of the tournament, while AEK sit bottom without a point in their five games.

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.