Beer can hits PAOK manager Vladan Ivic during Greek playoff against Panathinaikos

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

Events at this game overshadowed the victory of Panionios at AEK earlier in the evening.

The incident occurred after Panathinaikos had taken a 1-0 lead, resulting in an on-field brawl between the two sets of players.

Kominos red-carded Panathinaikos' Mali defender Ousmane Coulibaly and PAOK's Ukraine midfielder Yevhen Shakhov and gave yellow cards to PAOK Spanish defender Jose Angel Crespo and Panathinaikos' Swedish forward Marcus Berg for the fighting prior to the can-throwing incident.

Although the clash didn't last long, home fans made a decision to vent their anger by throwing various objects onto the pitch - including one fan who launched a beer can that hit visiting team coach Ivic on the head. He fell to the ground, and was taken to a nearby hospital for a check.

After an hour of deliberations, the matchday officials made a decision to abandon the match, which could lead to severe sanctions for Panathinaikos in the shape of a possible points deduction and forfeiture.

If Panathinaikos is indeed found guilty for the game's sad end, it will also be deducted three points from the play-offs and a further two points from the next season.

PAOK, Panathinaikos, AEK Athens and Panionios, are in a round-robin play-off to determine who joins league winners Olympiakos in the Champions League.

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