It was perhaps fortuitous that the Eurovision final was held on the same day as the Greek Final Cup, otherwise the wretched events that occurred before, during, and after the Final Cup would have preoccupied the international media more, and Greece would have been even more disgraced.

What happened in Athens surrounding the final cup can hardly be seen as a situation of all’s well that ends well.

We have reached the point of thinking that a match ends well when nobody has been killed, and when the stadium has not been irreparably damaged.

The competent Deputy Minister for Athletics, Yorgos Vasiliadis, however, essentially said today that he was satisfied because, “fortunately we avoided the worst” and “everything in the end went smoothly”.

Just think for a moment what we saw at this smooth Final Cup match – a massive descent of fans on Athens, armed with all the necessary accoutrements. The riot police escorted them on a tour around Athens and then they decided to stretch a bit with a stone war and Molotov cocktail war with fans of the opposing team and with the police force.

We saw widespread violent incidents around the stadium before the game started, and in the stadium, with the participation of hooded fans with all their necessary equipment.

There was an effort to torch a van with PAOK fans, who were saved at the last minute. There were clashes after the game, and naturally the necessary festive atmosphere, with smoke bombs and fans invading the pitch at various points.

Naturally, for Mr. Vasiliadis, all this is part of a broader social phenomenon, and in the final analysis, although there were problems, he believes the basic issue was that the police conducted a “massive mobilisation so that the two armies [of fans] would not come into contact with each other”.

Naturally, they did come into contact and mayhem ensued, but one imagines that the minister was pleased because one did not see “Lord of the Rings” type scenes on the streets of Athens.

In fact, there are not many articles in the current football disciplinary code that were not violated by fans – especially PAOK fans – in this Final Cup.

Νέα επίθεση παοκτζηδων στα ΜΑΤ με φωτοβολίδες και καπνογόνα

Νέα επίθεση παοκτζηδων στα ΜΑΤ με φωτοβολίδες και καπνογόνα

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The question that arises – if we are talking about a responsible government and not a post-graduate sociology class examining the “deeper causes” – is whether there will be punishments, whether the football regulations will be enforced, and whether it will be taken into account that we are dealing with recidivist teams, which means that all penalties are stiffer (for smoke bombs, for example).

Another question that arises is whether the government – beyond pensively observing these sorry events – will propose a plan and specific measures to improve Greek football.

The deputy minister for athletics may have stated that in all likelihood we “averted a Grexit” from FIFA – as in his opinion what will count most is that the match was completed – but one cannot be so sure that the Europeans will be satisfied with just that, and that they will not take into account the miserable image of Greek football that we witnessed once again. The very football of supposed cleansing, which the competent minister conceded has “reached rock bottom”.

ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΤΙΚΟ ΒΙΝΤΕΟ: Εικόνες ντροπής στο ΟΑΚΑ, με φωτοβολίδες ευθείας βολής στον αγωνιστικό χώρο, μολότοφ, ξύλο και τραυματίες

ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΤΙΚΟ ΒΙΝΤΕΟ: Εικόνες ντροπής στο ΟΑΚΑ, με φωτοβολίδες ευθείας βολής στον αγωνιστικό χώρο, μολότοφ, καπνογόνα, σώμα με σώμα συγκρούσεις και τραυματίες (και) μετά το δεύτερο γκολ του ΠΑΟΚ!

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The minister may be right when he attributes responsibility for the situation to the major figures in Greek football. Still, it was this government, and not some other one, which thought that the revamping of football consisted in talking to and serving in various ways specific actors in Greek football.

In the final analysis, three years have passed since the initial announcements of then deputy minister for athletics Stavros Kontonis. Hence, this government has lost the alibi that “others are to blame”.

Obviously, the shame and outrage of the Final Cup can function as a catalyst for putting an end to a miserable status quo, and for taking real initiatives to change things.

The first move must be to put in motion the necessary disciplinary procedures in order to attribute responsibility for the degradation of the Final Cup.

ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΤΙΚΟ ΒΙΝΤΕΟ (2): Εικόνες ντροπής στο ΟΑΚΑ, με φωτοβολίδες ευθείας βολής στον αγωνιστικό χώρο, μολότοφ, ξύλο και τραυματίες

ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΤΙΚΟ ΒΙΝΤΕΟ (2): Εικόνες ντροπής στο ΟΑΚΑ, με φωτοβολίδες ευθείας βολής στον αγωνιστικό χώρο, μολότοφ, καπνογόνα, σώμα με σώμα συγκρούσεις και τραυματίες (και) μετά το δεύτερο γκολ του ΠΑΟΚ!

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However, one fears that the government will be content with the joyful conviction that the match ended without victims, and that Ivan Savvidis this time around preferred to inundate the singer Paola with flowers, rather than to hurl Russian curses at the head of the PM’s press office, Thanasis Karteros.

The rest of us will await the next “football fest”, so that we can again marvel at the Molotov cocktails, the group skirmishes, and the clashes with the police.