The phenom of Hooligans in Greece
After the end of the Greek finals, we lived another incident of how hooligans destroy basketball once again.
Edited by Konstantinos Panas
It’s been more than two years since another game was forced to stop due to those people who try to harm basketball. And why is that?
Just because their team wasn’t able to win the game? And what’s the lesson we teach those children who were unlucky to see the game? That you have to win no matter what!
That shouldn’t be a bad thing. Everybody wants to win, but within an ethical framework.
You see basketball became one of the most exciting sports here in Greece since 1987 and for those who love it; people like them just destroy it. Basketball isn’t only about hoops. Is about showing respect.
These people just destroy the game we love. They don’t let us enjoy it the proper way. Here in Greece, we have two of the best teams in Europe for the past twenty years, and there was never a game trouble hasn’t occurred.
The phenom of Hooligans is something that everyone should worry about, and it doesn’t affect only sports but the whole society. When someone enters a public place and throws weaponry items to professional basketball players; then something is wrong. You can never try to harm someone this way.
And to be honest; those people don’t really care about basketball at all. They probably never played the game; otherwise, they‘d never try to ruin it!
The first thing you learn as a junior is to love the game of basketball.
Seriously do they know what moral fiber is all about? I will tell you. Is about showing respect to a professional baller. Is about showing respect to the other team. Is about being blessed that you attended another game; because poverty it’s a bad thing and many people are not able to afford a single ticket. Is about making the game better; not destroy it. That’s what moral fiber is all about.
Panathinaikos and Olympiacos have been the biggest clubs here in Greece having the most fans near and around Balkans. Both considered as European powerhouses. Their rivalry started from long ago in the early 1920s and continued until today. These fans hate each other. There were incidents in the past that both arranged gang fights and people got killed. There were just a few moments where they actually showed respect to one another.
Their rivalry though didn’t stop on the streets and was extended to the courts. Both fans were singing offensive chants for great players like Spanoulis and Diamantidis. Both of them like throwing items on the players and mostly at the benches which are easier to reach.
We had injuries even this year coach Panagiotopoulos of Panathinaikos was hit and injured his back. A few years ago, the same happened in OAKA for an Olympiacos player. We are lucky someone did not get deadly wounded.
And I am wondering how to stop that? Even if someone dies through this; nothing will change! And I mean it; nothing! Families cannot go and enjoy the derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos. Most of them are afraid.
Three Corruption in Peace and Friendship Stadium
It was the season of 2009/2010 and Panathinaikos was leading the series with 2-1. Olympiacos started the game very well, but the greens were able to return and get in front in the second half. One minute before the match ends bottles, items and everything you can imagine were thrown on the court. The game was interrupted, and Panathinaikos won the championship.
Same thing in 2013 where Olympiacos was crowned Euroleague champion. Panathinaikos was ready for the finals since they were preparing for a month. In the first game, the Greens were able to take the win, and nothing happened in Peace and Friendship Stadium. Fans were clapping and everything seemed to be fine. Panathinaikos was leading the series in 2-0. In the last game everything looked calm; until the final moments of the game. Stephane Lasme scores and fans started throwing chairs and items on the court.
This year it was a bit different. Panathinaikos was near to breaking Olympiacos home advantage, but they weren’t able to. In game 5 Panathinaikos was way better and got a healthy lead of 20 points with the 4th quarter to start. When the fans realized it was all over and the greens were about to be champions; it happened again.
And for sure is not only Olympiacos fans. Those people don’t support a team. They are all the same. Same minds. Same habits. They just go to humiliate the opponent and not cheer for their team. They like to fight and get killed, and they like to interrupt games.
My dream is to see a final full of people wearing green or red and just enjoy a basketball game. The game we love!