Greek fans block players on team bus with bonfires and barricades

Posted by - January 5, 2011 - Oddballs

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Angry fans of Greek side Larissa blockaded the club’s players on the team coach as they returned from a 3-0 away defeat. More than 500 fans were on hand to join the riot when the team returned to Athens after their loss at Atromitos.

Windows in the coach were smashed and the players were pelted with rocks, eggs and yogurt (Greek, naturally). The fans lit bonfires and built barricades around the vehicle to stop the squad leaving.

Club skipper and ex-Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas tried to get off the bus to urge calm from the supporters but performed a swift U-turn after receiving a barrage of verbal abuse (which is preferably to a barrage of rocks or yogurt, surely?).

A club spokesman told Reuters: “We expected some kind of reaction from the supporters after this latest setback but it was still shocking to see their rage and disappointment reach such levels that they felt they needed to do that.

“Everybody is at fault for recent results, not just the coach. The only thing we can do now is to regroup and show that the team is capable of better things and worthy of a better position in the table.”

When they say the coach isn’t to blame, do you reckon they thought the protest was aimed at the bus?

Larissa are currently bottom of the Greek league with just 11 points from 16 matches.

Thanks to @GreekFooty for pointing us in the direction of the videos.