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Greek authorities order detention of 105 football fans awaiting trial after deadly clash

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The 105 football fans believed to be involved in widespread clashes in the Greek capital that ended in the death of a 29-year-old AEK Athens fan have been taken into custody pending trial

ByDEMETRIS NELLAS Associated Press

Football fans, mostly from Croatia, cover their faces as police escort them from the Attica Police General Directorate to court, in Athens, Greece, Sunday, August 13, 2023. A fan of 29-year-old AEK Athens died of a stab wound, and ten others were injured when dozens of Croatian fans wielding wooden clubs and metal bats attacked passers-by outside Opap Arena AEK on Monday. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

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Athens, Greece — The 105 football fans believed to be involved in widespread clashes in the Greek capital that ended in the death of a 29-year-old AEK Athens fan have been taken into custody pending trial , authorities said on Sunday.

Three investigating judges and two prosecutors questioned the detained supporters in batches – 30 on Friday, 40 on Saturday and 35 on Sunday – and decided each day whether or not they should be detained pending trial. A suspect, who is hospitalized in custody, gave a statement to a visiting magistrate.

The 102 Croatian citizens and 3 Greeks have all denied any responsibility in the fatal attack on Michalis Katsouris.

He was stabbed to death and 10 others were injured when dozens of Croatian fans wielding wooden clubs and metal bats attacked passers-by outside AEK’s Opap Arena on Monday, the court said. police.

A Champions League qualifier between AEK and Dinamo Zagreb due to take place last week has been called off by UEFA, Europe’s football governing body, due to violence.

Authorities will be able to search cellphone signals at the two sites of the clashes – outside the AEK stadium and at a metro station – to determine any further involvement.

Prosecutors filed blanket charges, a total of 11, against the 105 fans. Four of the charges are felonies – including premeditated murder and membership in a criminal organization – and the others are misdemeanors.

The suspects will be dispersed in several prisons across the country.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin will meet Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday morning. They will then meet ministers, the head of the Greek Football Federation and the owners of the four biggest football clubs – AEK, Olympiakos, Panathinaikos and PAOK Thessaloniki.

Also on Wednesday, the UEFA Super Cup final between Manchester City and Sevilla will be held at the Olympiakos stadium near Piraeus.

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