Basketball: Riot police called in during Greek final

Panathinaikos player Michael Bramos was injured after a knife was thrown from the stands. File Photo / Getty Images
Panathinaikos player Michael Bramos was injured after a knife was thrown from the stands. File Photo / Getty Images

Fighting between fans marred the Greek Cup basketball final Sunday, won by Panathinaikos over Olympiakos, with riot police called in after two players were hurt, one with a knife thrown from the stands.

Authorities stopped the game and emptied the Ellinikon indoor stadium seven minutes before the end of the second period with Panathinaikos ahead 26-17 when fans from both teams clashed in the stands and on the court.

Riot-trained police were deployed to separate the two groups and led them out of the stadium.

The game resumed after an hour with Panathinaikos winning 81-78.

Panathinaikos player Michael Bramos was slightly injured in the arm from a knife thrown from the stands, according to a statement from the winning team.

Before the start of the contest, Olympiakos' American centre Kyle Hines was struck in the back by a flare thrown by a fan.

Dozens of plastic chairs were broken by irate fans.

- AFP

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