Greece: PAOK Derby Clash With Olympiakos Abandoned After Coach Oscar Garcia Hit In Face By Flying Paper Roll (Photos & Video)

Chris Wright

26th, February 2018

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As you can see, excess littering was a bit of a problem during the Greek derby clash between PAOK and Olympiakos this weekend.

Indeed, the game was abandoned before kick-off after Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia was struck by an errant roll of paper thrown from the crowd and had to be taken to hospital.

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While PAOK were willing to admit that Garcia had been struck by the till roll, club officials remained adamant that the 44-year-old exaggerated the extent of his injuries.

Speaking after the match had been scratched, PAOK communications chief Kyriakos Kyraikos told reporters:

This is shadow play, a strategy that Olympiakos started implementing even ahead of the game, fantasising about (incidents) in its friendly media.

Just this morning, they warned us that they would leave the pitch at the slightest incident.

The teams remained at the Toumba Stadium for several hours while Garcia was carted off, only to then be informed that the fixture had been postponed.

PAOK are currently six points ahead of Olympiakos in the Greek Super League and now face a possible deduction as punishment for their lack of discipline.

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  1. Fernando Bullrich says:

    I worked with Oscar on his album in 1997. He showed me things that musically could never be replicated. He was a joy, he was everything…

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