Fans banned from attending matches in Greece until February

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Greece: Fans banned from stadiums

Greece must play all its top league football matches without fans for the next two months following a severe injury to a police officer in violence during a volleyball match in Athens last week.

All Super League 1 matches will be played behind closed doors, government spokesman Pavlos Marinakis said.

Marinakis said the measure might also apply to some European fixtures at home and could be extended beyond 12 February, if top league teams fail by that date to take action, such as installing cameras and systems of electronic identification for their fans at the stadiums.

The announcement followed the critical injuring of a 31-year-old police officer by a flare in violent clashes that broke out on Thursday, during a volleyball match hosted by Olympiacos in Piraeus.