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Paok fans felt provoked at sight of Fyrom flag depicting Vergina Sun

Wednesday August 21: Riot police deployed after Schalke fans displayed a Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Fyrom) banner during its Champions League qualifying match with Thessaloniki side Paok.

German side Schalke has criticised police in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, for using pepper spray and batons against Schalke fans displaying a Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Fyrom) banner during its Champions League qualifying match against the Thessaloniki club Paok. The police say they used violence because the situation had threatened to escalate as Paok fans felt provoked and threatened to attack rival supporters. The offending red banner depited the Vergina Sun, an ancient Greek symbol which Fyrom put on its national flag in the 1990s. But Schalke says the police response was “disproportionate” and condemned it.

Police say 30 people needed medical attention and had to have their eyes washed out.

 

more in english by eletherotipia newspaper

 

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