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Basketball: Fan violence halts Greek Cup final


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.