You Call That A Handball Riot?
The Euro may be going down the toilet but at least Europeans still know how to bring it when it comes to a riot. Soccer no longer has a monopoly on destruction and mayhem in the stands. It’s no longer a surprise when flares and chairs start flying at basketball games. Enter the new hotness. Handball riots.
Fans from Greek handball teams PAOK Salonika and AEK Athens threw a riot and everyone came. The BBC reports that PAOK attacked an AEK fan club before a match and things set off from there.
PAOK fans apparently attacked a local fan club of AEK in the central town of Lamia, where they were due to play a cup match.
AEK fans responded, and battles ensued in the streets and the venue.
Residents said the situation was out of control throughout the morning.
“The fans were throwing Molotov cocktails, bricks and chairs at each other,” a resident told local TV.
Let’s go to the tape.
Now that’s how you riot! From now on, that’s how you riot!
Correspondents say violence between sports fans in Greece is relatively common. All team sports were cancelled for two weeks in 2007 after a brawl between rival women’s volleyball fans left one man dead.
The Greeks will fight over anything. I once saw a riot break out over a calamari race. Greektown burned for four days like a tire fire.
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