Hooligans nabbed in Thessaloniki

Police in Thessaloniki said Wednesday that they had arrested 34 PAOK soccer club supporters on suspicion of involvement in hooligan activities in the northern port city, following a major operation to crack down on violence in sports.

Officers said they were looking for another 57 suspects believed to be involved in hooligan activities and 81 people suspected of having committed drugs offenses at games.

They believe the suspects detained were part of a group run by four men, who are among those arrested, which was created in September 2010 with the specific intent of intimidating rival clubs.

Police said that the suspects arrested Wednesday were in the process of preparing another attack when officers raided dozens of their homes and discovered weapons, drugs, large amounts of cash and a variety of paraphernalia typically used in hooligan activity.

“We were concerned that their activities would result in victims,” Thessaloniki police chief Athinagoras Pazarlis said.


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