Amateur Olympiakos: “Torture against our fans, those who suffered violence from the police should join us”

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A position on what happened in the episodes in Rentis was taken by Amateur Olympiacos with an extraordinary press conference, in which the general secretary and legal representative of the association spoke, Dimitris Niakos.

The legal representative of the “red and white” criticized the attitude of the police, denouncing hostage and torture against the “red and white” fans.

After expressing his support for the unfortunate police officer who was injured during the incidents, he emphasized: “The incidents took place at least 500 meters away from our stadium. During the first set, 50 hoodlums attacked the police. Most of them ran away and we do not know as Olympiakos management if some entered the stadium after the attack».

He then spoke of referee’s testimonythat he could not stop the match for incidents that did not take place in the surrounding area of ​​the stadium and did not endanger athletes and officials, commenting characteristically:

“We are challenging the police to release the conversations of the officers when they saw these 50 brats. The logic of the absurd has begun, we are coming to other times. A stadium was surrounded by police, making reckless use of chemicals. They brought down the entire police force of Attica, even from OAKA to Renti”.

The legal representative of Amateur Olympiakos also referred to the fire that broke out inside the stadium, complaining that a police officer, when informed, replied: “We don’t care if you burn alive»

Regarding the mass arrests and the arrest of the perpetrator, he said:We don’t care if the perpetrator was among those brought. We care that they captured an entire stadium. It is a lie that the perpetrator was arrested because he was among those arrested. New arrests were made, the police did their job and found the perpetrator. Police have not found the perpetrator since the fiasco to arrest 424 people. We have not heard an apology from the police officers“, while, among other things, he stated that:

We are talking about a duration of 30 hours, about a kidnapping, hostage, torture. In Petrou Ralli, I was the first to enter and see those brought in. One of the policemen saw a child sitting on a chair and hit him on the head, for no reason.»/

He also emphasized that Olympiacos will proceed with lawsuits and lawsuits, calling on all those who suffered violence from the police to follow suit.

In detail, what he said:


The incidents at least 500 meters away from our stadium, during the 2nd set, a group of 50 hooligans, these known strangers who attack the police taking advantage of mass gatherings and sporting events. This phenomenon of escalating violence is a global phenomenon. These are malicious elements. In other words, the responsibility does not lie with the state, nor with the Police, but with the groups. These 50 rascals attacked a platoon 500 meters away from the field, they said that they did and most of them ran away. If some entered the field we as an amateur cannot know.

In the 2nd set, with nothing being done, the Police recklessly used tear gas in the parking lot. Without making the slightest episode. We have the testimony of the referee that he could not stop the match, as the incidents did not take place in the surrounding area of ​​the field and the factors did not endanger athletes. Of course, afterwards and while the police continued to use tear gas, they were forced to stop the fight.

Why the police didn’t stop the attackers, didn’t arrest them when they ran away and let them get away and why they used tear gas outside the stadium.

We challenge the police to release the conversations of the officers when they saw these 50 buffoons, if they do anything, if they say anything. Since this episode has ended there was a platoon in the parking lot of the stadium to say go out into the street and surround these 50 brats. Did they do it? It will be proven through the dialogues.

From there on, the logic of the absurd has begun, every concept of democracy is catalyzed, we are coming to other times. A stadium was surrounded by police, making reckless use of chemicals. The police decide to surround the stadium, continuing the use of tear gas, called that the police force exists in Attica. They also sent down forces from the OAKA where Panathinaikos was playing against Real without anyone having understood why.

After 1-2 hours the women and children were ordered to leave, without understanding this separation.

He had caught a fire inside the stadium, but he could not get close to the fire department. When we reported it to a police officer that it had caught fire they said “we don’t care if you burn alive”.

We are watching an attempt by journalists close to the government to turn white into black and cover up the fiasco.

There is a statement by K. Balaska that some friends of Olympiakos left the stadium wearing team uniforms, which they took from the locker room. Someone needs to inform him that he is either ignorant or misinformed and will have to prove it. They did not see the attack on the ERT journalist highlighted. I didn’t hear anything, but I experienced it.

We don’t care if the perpetrator was among those brought. We care that they captured an entire stadium. It’s a shameless lie that the perpetrator was arrested as a result of the arrest. All but one Georgian were released. After two days, other arrests were made and from there the perpetrator was found. Don’t wave our hand that the perpetrator was found out of this operation, the fiasco.

We have not heard an apology from the Police officers. We are talking about a duration of 30 hours, about a kidnapping, hostage, torture. In Petrou Ralli, I was the first to enter and see those brought in. One of the policemen saw a child sitting on a chair and hit him on the head, without any reason. We were 5 lawyers who rose up, called the top officers, informed the bar association and he got the Prosecutor’s Office. Officers have confirmed the incident, the officer has been removed and we believe that the prosecution and the police will take appropriate action from here on out.

We have complaints from detainees that they were bored and tortured unabashedly throughout the night. We call on the arrested children and their fathers to inform us about the torture they suffered at the hands of the police. We will file lawsuits and reports for the torture of innocent people. I will read you some messages that have come. “25 hours without a toilet, nothing to eat, no water, kicks in the face and violence.” That is why the journalists have been informed, will there be any EDE?

We have been informed by our sponsors that they will stop sponsoring us.

Those who were brought in were not the bigots, they had left, they were sponsors, board members, journalists. 15 year old kids found themselves on the field with their father and then went to the department as marked and will be stigmatized for the rest of their lives.

We heard that the munitions had been hidden since the day before and they gave pocket money to the members of the field. The lies must end, no more political games on the backs of Olympiakos.

We don’t want these brats in our stadium. We want the healthy fans and they will leave the stadium. It’s not our job to catch scumbags. It is the job of the state and the police. These 50-100 take advantage of sporting events and make episodes.

We will file lawsuits and lawsuits and call on all those who have been abused by the police to join us. When incidents happen again, how will the police react? He will arrest 10,000 people. If they don’t they will be spoiled. If they do, we ourselves will apologize. We challenge them next time, in the episodes, to do the same thing. To surround an entire stadium and bring them all in. The sports violence police got in the middle of the kids and the rioters to calm the situation down. There were police officers who did their job well.”

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